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Met Police shoot man in planned anti-robbery op

Inquiry: Police in forensics gear examine Haydons Road near the supermarket in Wimbledon PICTURE: EMPICS

ARMED police shot a man during an alleged robbery yesterday.

The operation by the Metropolitan Police involved officers from the anti-robbery Flying Squad outside a branch of Sainsbury’s in Wimbledon, south-west London.

The man has been taken to hospital and no information was available on his condition. A second man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.

One witness said undercover police had tried to catch two armed robbers.

The witness, who did not want to be named, said two men were seen trying to rob a white van parked outside the Sainsbury’s Local in nearby Haydons Road but fled when officers swarmed out of bushes and into the street.

‘There was a planned armed robbery on the Sainsbury’s,’ he said. ‘Two guys went to raid it and the cops bounded on them. Seven shots were fired. The cops were waiting for them. We were just working here and were on the street when it happened.

‘We heard commotion and then silence. Then we saw a guy running up the street. When he saw he was turning into a cul-de-sac he turned and fired on the cops, then they returned fire.

‘The guy who was running for sure had a gun. The cops came after him and must have cornered him.’

The Met’s internal Directorate of Professional Standards and watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been informed. Sainsbury’s said: ‘We’re supporting the police with their investigation.’ In the year to March, police firearms were fired in 12 incidents out of 18,746 operations.