Police fire shots after Ukrainian ambassador's auto 'attacked' in London

Police fire shots after Ukrainian ambassador's auto 'attacked' in London

Police were forced to open fire on a vehicle after it rammed the parked auto of Ukraine's ambassador in London.

Embassy staff called police when the ambassador's auto, which was parked outside with nobody in it, was deliberately rammed.

Scotland Yard said a vehicle was driven at police officers when they arrived at the scene.

British police fired shots outside the Ukrainian embassy after the ambassador's auto was "deliberately rammed" today. She added that officers arrived "very quick" and saw "many police cars coming".

"In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle".

No diplomatic staff were injured in the incident and nor was the suspect, a man in his 40s, but he was taken to hospital as a precaution after being arrested, the police said. "The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station", the statement noted.

No-one inside the embassy was injured.

Metropolitan Police confirmed "police firearms were discharged" during the incident, around 10am this morning in the West London suburb of Holland Park.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker said, under standard procedure, the use of a police firearm in Britain is now being formally investigated. Armed officers arrived and surrounded the suspect's vehicle.

Police said they had been called at around 9.50 am on Saturday to reports of a auto having hit several vehicles in the road.

Some reports suggested there were shots from the auto that hit the ambassador's vehicle, but the embassy said only the British police opened fire.

The Met said officers were called at approximately 8.30am to reports of a auto in collision...

The silver vehicle's rear right indicator was flashing and its boot and driver's door were open.

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