Police open fire after Ukrainian ambassador's auto rammed in west London

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2019

Police opened fire on a auto after it repeatedly rammed the vehicle of Ukraine's ambassador to the United Kingdom on Saturday.

The man, who was not injured, has been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution.

Police fired shots outside the Ukrainian embassy after the ambassador's vehicle was "deliberately rammed".

In a statement, Ukraine's Embassy said the auto belonged to the ambassador and that no embassy staff were injured.

British police say shots were fired outside the Ukraine Embassy in London Saturday morning after a vehicle rammed into parked cars in front of the building.

London police say the Saturday morning incident is not ongoing.

Witnesses said 10 or more gunshots had been fired.

A Forensic officer works at the scene near the Ukrainian Embassy after police fired shots after an incident, in Holland Park, London, Saturday April 13, 2019.

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"The police were called immediately, and the suspect's vehicle was blocked up", it added.

London police say he also drove his vehicle toward officers.

Commenting on the incident, the Metropolitan police stated that they have opened an investigation into the attack.

"In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle".

The black vehicle was heavily scuffed on its right-hand side.

Ch Supt Andy Walker said the firing of a police firearm would be investigated.

Officers have remained at the scene during the day, with a silver Mercedes vehicle pictured parked across a street with its boot open and damage to the driver-side front window. They also used stun guns to subdue the suspect. The Director of Professional Standards has been notified of the incident.

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