Man with rifle shot by police

A man with a rifle was shot in the leg by armed police this morning, officials said.

The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital in Ronkswood Hill, Worcester at around 9 a.m. this morning (Sat) following the incident.

West Mercia police arrived on the scene after receiving reports of a man in a car with a gun.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

No one was injured in the attack and West Mercia police say they don’t believe there is a greater threat to the local community.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones said, “This is an extremely unusual incident for our police force.

“We understand that the local community and the wider area will be shocked by what happened at Ronkswood Hill this morning.”

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “A man sustained injuries to his leg and is being treated by medics after he was shot by Worcester police.

“The incident happened this morning (Saturday, October 2nd) at around 9am in Ronkswood Hill.

“Armed police took part after we received a report of a man in his car with a gun.

“The man, who is believed to be 31 years old, was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

“No one else was injured in the incident.

“The incident has been forwarded to our Professional Standards Department (PSD) and the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).”

ACC Jones added, “It is standard practice for incidents of this type to be reported to our PSD and the IOPC and we will now work with them as they conduct their investigations.”

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