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Police officer shot during anti-gang operation in east London

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The police officer's clothing is left behind following the shooting
The police officer's clothing is left behind following the shooting

A police officer has been rushed to hospital after being shot during an anti-gang operation in east London.

The male officer from the Specialist Firearms Command and Trident Area Crime Command received a gunshot wound during the afternoon operation in Hackney. 

The Metropolitan Police have not given an update on his condition but reports suggest he is in stable condition.

"There are no reports of any other injured persons at this time," Met Police said. 

"A man, no further details at this time, has been arrested at the scene.

"Further detail will be made available in due course as enquiries into the circumstances of the incident progress."

A witness told the Guardian he saw the suspect clambering over houses while attempting to flee police. 

“I was in my living room watching TV when I saw a load of armed officers outside my house,” he said. “A black man appeared in the window opposite. They ordered him to remain inside but he threw something out the window.

“The next thing I know I see him running over the rooftops. I then heard a loud bang. A single bang coming from Scriven Street.

“I now know an officer was shot and it was gang-crime related. It’s left me feeling really frightened. My wife died and I live on my own. I’m waiting for my son to come over and sit with me.”

Armed police, a helicopter and dogs were involved in the operation. 

Police have erected cordons in the area and there is a heavy presence at the scene.