A man in his 30s has been airlifted to hospital after being shot by armed police officers following a car chase through south London.
Officers began pursuing the suspect in the Lambeth area of London just before 10pm last night but were forced to chase him two miles further south.
Armed police were able to stop the speeding vehicle with the help of another car in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, and fired upon the suspect when they made contact with him.
Bystanders reported hearing two clear shots.
Armed police were able to stop the speeding vehicle with the help of another car in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, and fired upon the suspect when they made contact with him. Pictured: Police at the scene
A Met police spokesperson said officers administered first aid after incapacitating the suspect, who was later taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance service to undergo treatment.
Streatham Hill residents meanwhile claimed officers performed CPR on the suspect after shooting him. His current condition is unknown.
‘I and many other neighbours heard 2 gunshots,’ one social media user posted.
‘Have also heard reports from neighbours who say they saw police stop a car and shoot a man. They then performed CPR on him before taking him away. Lots of armed police and helicopter.’
Another user added: ‘Police stopped a car and shot a man. Looked like a planned operation with a car behind and a car in front.
A Met police spokesperson said officers administered first aid after incapacitating the suspect, who was later taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance service to undergo treatment. Pictured: Police at the scene
‘They seem to have taken one man off to hospital. He looked to be in a bad way. We’re all pretty shaken up as we heard the gun very clearly.’
A Met police spokesperson said: ‘London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance were requested.
‘Officers administered first aid prior to their arrival and the man was taken to hospital, where he remains. We await an assessment of his condition.
‘No other injuries have been reported. Cordons and road closures are in place.’
It is unclear why the suspect was fleeing from the police and why armed officers were dispatched to the scene.
The Met Police has been contacted for further comment.
The victim of a shooting in High Street Kensington on Sunday was named as Maximillian Kusi-Owusu – he was a drill rapper known as M Lo
It comes after an aspiring drill rapper was shot and killed in High Street Kensington in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Maximillian Kusi-Owusu, 29, also known as drill rapper M Lo, was shot at around 2am on Sunday and was given first aid by officers who were called to the scene, but was pronounced dead at 5.32am.
Tributes were paid to the rapper who has been described as ‘extremely talented’ and energetic.
A man was arrested in connection with the shooting but was released on bail yesterday.