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Wiltshire Police Gunned Down A Man In An Armed Robbery Investigation

During a police investigation, officers gunned down a man who was involved in an armed robbery which was reported in Swindon, Wiltshire.

During a police investigation, officers gunned down a man who was involved in an armed robbery which was reported in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The police responded immediately after reports were made that a man armed with a handgun had stolen a lorry at the Rivermead Industrial Estate in Westlea, shortly after 5 pm.

Armed police blocked the vehicle in the Ridge Green area. A man believed to be in his 50s sustained a leg injury after a police firearm was discharged, according to Wiltshire Police. It was confirmed that the man`s injuries were not fatal after he was airlifted to the hospital.

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A local society member, Corey Battachio, aged 17, stated that he heard a loud bang after the police had shouted repeatedly at the man “put your gun down”.

In a report, he said: “At around 5:30 pm, I heard numerous police sirens and three circulating helicopters, so I went outside. He was shouted at many times by police to ‘put the gun down’ and therefore was shot. He was airlifted to the hospital shortly after.”

Mr Battacchio added: “I was watching it from the window upstairs, but they were shouting loud at the guy as it seemed like he didn’t put the gun down immediately.”

Due to the discharge of a police firearm, the incident was automatically referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

A spokesperson of the IOPC said: “We understand, at this time, that officers from Wiltshire Police were called to a disturbance shortly after 5 pm today following reports of an armed robbery in Rivermead Industrial Estate, Westlea.

“During the incident, the man, in his 50s, was shot in the leg by a firearms officer. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. We have sent investigators to the scene and to the post-incident procedures.”

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Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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