Man is shot and injured by PSNI in Londonderry and an officer is also injured in the incident

A man has been shot and injured by police and a PSNI officer has been wounded in Londonderry overnight.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 11:08 am
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 11:11 am

Sinn Fein has expressed shock and concern at the incident, in the Waterside.

Police say that they responded “to a report of concern for safety for a man at an address in Celandine Court in Gobnascale at approximately 10.45pm last night” (Saturday).

A PSNI statement said: “As officers were dealing with the incident, a police firearm was discharged and the male sustained a chest injury. He remains in hospital at this time.

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“A police officer sustained a knife wound to his arm and head during the incident and he was taken to hospital for treatment.”

The PSNI said that the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has been informed and is investigating the matter.

“There are no further details at this time,” police said.

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson 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.

“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 PSNI needs to be provide the public with a full explanation about this shooting of a vulnerable man.”

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