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  • 22 May 2014, 13:40

Man Shot In Police Incident In Liverpool

A man has been shot and wounded in Liverpool in an incident involving Merseyside Police.

Merseyside Police said no police officers had been injured in the shooting, which happened in Shellingford Road in the Dovecot area of the city.

Craig Chadwick, who witnessed the incident, told Sky News: "I seen the man at the window with a knife to this woman's throat, and then I walked back to take the dogs to my Mum's.

"I came back out and the armed response was all outside and then they threw the gas bombs in the house and then the unit moved in.

"I heard shots fired. Then it went quiet for a minute and then I heard another shot fired. About half an hour later they brought the body out to the ambulance. And he had like a white blanket over him so you couldn't see him."

A statement issued by Merseyside Police said: "Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has been injured following an armed police operation at an incident in Dovecot this morning.

"Patrols attended and an armed containment was put in place whilst officers attempted to engage with the man inside the house.

"A decision was made to enter the property and officers facilitated entry using distraction devices and the male was subsequently shot by police. He sustained an injury to his upper body."

The man, who is 43, was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for treatment where his condition is described as serious but stable.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 20s, was escorted safely from the property and has been taken to a police station.

Police say two children aged seven and eleven, who had managed to leave the property before police arrived, were unharmed.

A firearm and knives were recovered from the property and the scene remains cordoned off while a search is carried out.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had opened an investigation.

It said: "Following a non-fatal police shooting involving Mersey Police in Dovecot we have declared an independent investigation."