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Police Shoot Suspect In Wheelchair In Leg

May 8, 2013

A man in a wheelchair has been shot in the leg by police following an armed stand-off near Bristol.

 

The officers were called to Minsmere Road, Keynsham, at 18:00 BST on Tuesday and “threatened with the firearm,” Avon and Somerset Police said.

 

A man in his 40s was taken to Frenchay Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

 

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

 

David Jenkin, who lives nearby, said: “I could see two policemen crouching behind their vehicle with rifles pointing at a house.

 

“They told us to get down and just a moment later I saw a gun poking out of the house at the police.

‘Ducked behind car’

“They started shouting ‘Put the gun down, put it down’ and then they let off a couple of rounds and then they charged towards the guy.

 

“They got within about six feet and he let off a round from a shotgun I think and I ducked behind a car.”

 

Ch Supt Geoff Spicer, district commander for the Bath and North East Somerset area, said: “We were called to a domestic incident last night involving a firearm in Minsmere Road in Keynsham.

 

“When we attended the address our officers were threatened by a man with a firearm.

 

“The man was injured and taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition.”

 

Eyewitness Thomas McCallum said the police had been shouting at his neighbour’s house telling him to come out.

 

“I know the gentleman who lives there and his condition – he’s disabled in a wheelchair – so I shouted to the police that he’s disabled,” he said.

 

“Within a space of five to 10 seconds there were words shouted by the police officer and a shot was fired from the police officer’s gun and then two further shots were fired from the police officer.”

 

The force said a man had been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

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