London police officer shoots man during group arrest

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 The police watchdog has been called in to investigate the shooting. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

Police have shot a man while arresting a group for allegedly holding a woman captive, Scotland Yard has said.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound after an officer opened fire near Blackheath, south-east London, in the early hours of Saturday.

He was arrested along with another six men. Five were detained on suspicion of false imprisonment and one for possession of an offensive weapon. Police were not immediately able to say why the wounded man was arrested.

Armed officers responded to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman in a property in Lewisham Road and a man being seen with a gun shortly before 4am, police said.

An officer opened fire after police stopped a car near the junction of Lewisham Road with Blackheath Hill, on the border of the borough of Greenwich, the force said.

The wounded man’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct sent investigators to the scene after being notified by the Met.