Investigation continues after police shooting in Lower Clapton

NEW: Statement released by Regional Director for the Independent Office for Police Conduct

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UPDATE: 10:30am

Jonathan Green, Regional Director for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), has released a statement after a 21-year-old man was injured in a police shooting in Hackney yesterday.

He said: “Our investigators have been at the scene overnight and throughout today carefully overseeing the collection of forensic evidence and have attended post incident procedures where key witness accounts from officers were provided.

“We have also been provided with a large amount of body worn video footage some of which we have viewed and we will continue to do so over coming days to establish the sequence of events which culminated in his serious incident.

“We will be conducting a robust independent investigation to find out the circumstances leading up to the firing of the weapons and the actions of officers immediately afterwards.”

It has been established that officers, initially responding to an alleged armed robbery of a vehicle, recovered evidence linking the robbery to a house in Mandeville Street.

Six officers discharged their weapons 13 times and a non-police firearm was recovered from the scene.

The 21-year-old man remains in hospital in a critical condition.

UPDATE 20/03/2018:

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has tweeted that the man remains in critical condition after armed response officers discharged their weapons 13 times following an armed robbery of a vehicle, and that a non-police issue weapon was recovered at the scene.

An independent investigation is underway after a man was injured in a police shooting in Hackney yesterday evening.

Police responded to reports of an armed robbery of a vehicle, and armed police attended an address in Mandeville Street at around 22:50 on Monday, a police statement said.

“A police firearm was discharged and a man was injured”, the statement said. He was taken to an East London hospital.

His condition is currently unknown, however Sky News correspondent Mark White tweeted: “A man in his 20s is in a critical condition after being shot by police entering a house in Hackney”.

The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the incident referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, who have launched an independent investigation.

A Snapchat user appears to have captured footage of the police operation on Mandeville Street, although this can not be verified.

His videos show a crouched figure hiding between two parked cars, with the user commenting: “I didn’t even notice him. These guys are proper equipped. Some serious raid is about to happen today.”

The incident came a day after a 37-year-old man was stabbed and killed nearby on Towpath Walk between Homerton and Hackney Wick on Sunday morning following an argument at a party.

The incidents are not believed to be linked.