Police open fire after car driven at officers in London – BBC News

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U.K. police fire on vehicle after Ukrainian ambassadors car rammed outside London embassy
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Police in London opened fire outside the Ukrainian embassy on Saturday after a man rammed his vehicle into the ambassador’s empty parked car at least twice before being arrested, officials said.

London (CNN)Police in London say officers opened fire on a car outside the Ukrainian Embassy on Saturday after it rammed the ambassadors official car.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened early on Saturday outside the embassy building in the affluent Holland Park area of west London, and it was not being treated as terrorism, police said in a statement.

"While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put themselves in harm's way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe."

The embassy said in a statement that the ambassador’s empty official vehicle had been deliberately rammed as it sat parked in front of the building.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Met's Specialist Firearms Command, said: "As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.

Holland Park police shoot car after it rammed Ukranian ambassadors car

“The police were called immediately, and the suspect’s vehicle was blocked up,” it added.

“Nevertheless, despite the police actions, the attacker hit the ambassador’s car again. In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator’s vehicle.”

Police open fire after Ukrainian ambassadors vehicle deliberately rammed

TV footage later showed a silver car slewed across the cordoned-off road with its driver’s door open and window shattered.

The embassy statement said: Despite the police actions, the attacker hit the ambassadors car again. In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrators vehicle. The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station.

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

While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put themselves in harms way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe.

“On arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers,” they added in a statement. “Police firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man, aged in his 40s, was arrested.”