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The man is understood to suffer from serious mental health issues

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Police said they responded to "a report of concern for the safety of a man" at an address in Celandine Court in Gobnascale at about 22:45 BST on Saturday

PACEMAKER BELFAST Police said they responded to "a report of concern for the safety of a man" at an address in Celandine Court in Gobnascale at about 22:45 BST on Saturday

PACEMAKER BELFAST Police said they responded to "a report of concern for the safety of a man" at an address in Celandine Court in Gobnascale at about 22:45 BST on Saturday

A man shot by the PSNI last weekend in Derry has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Last Saturday night the 42-year-old was shot in the chest during an incident in Celandine Court at around 10:45 PM.

It is understood the man, who is known to police and suffers from severe mental health problems, contacted the police in a distressed state on the day in question.

During the incident a police officer sustained injuries to his arm and head.

An officer discharged his firearm at the scene, shooting the man in the sternum. The accused is currently being treated in hospital and is described as being in a "serious but stable" condition.

After the shooting, Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson condemned the use of a live round by police.

She said: "I am shocked that a vulnerable man has been shot and wounded by police following a call out to a home in the Waterside after midnight.

"The man is in intensive care in hospital and my first thoughts are that I hope he will survive his injuries.

"A police officer also suffered a stab wound during the incident. Thankfully the officer has been released from hospital and I hope he too makes a full recovery."

She added: "I am deeply shocked that a vulnerable man has been shot by police. I have contacted senior police and the police ombudsman to convey my grave concerns that lethal force has been used in this incident."

The man's solicitor, in a letter written to the Police Ombudsman's office, said his client is 'well known to mental health services locally and has been sectioned on one occasion previously under mental health legislation'.

He also spoke of the man's family’s anger, saying: 'Clearly they want answers as to why an officer felt the need to use his firearm when CS spray was deployed and exactly what was the type and level of behaviour that police considered so dangerous to deploy potentially lethal force without further options being considered?'

The Police Federation have also called for the mass deployment of Tasers to officers responding to such situations in order to avoid a scenario like the one at the weekend happening again.

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A PSNI spokesperson confirmed: "Police in Derry/Londonderry arrested a 42-year-old man, on Monday April 19 on suspicion of attempted murder. The arrest follows an incident at an address in the Gobnascale area of the city on the night of Saturday April 17.

"A police officer who sustained a knife wound to his arm and head during the incident was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released."

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