16/05/2007

Man shot dead by police in London

Police officers in London have shot dead a man during an operation in west London, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

The 52-year-old man, who has not yet been formally identified, was fatally wounded during the incident in Hangar Green in Ealing on Tuesday night.

Scotland Yard said that the "proactive, intelligence-led operation" had involved armed officers, who were supporting officers from Operation Trident, the unit which investigates gun crime in the capital's black community.

According to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a loaded weapon was found with the dead man.

An eyewitness told the BBC that the dead man was naked.

There were no arrests during the operation.

No police officers were injured and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident.

(KMcA/SP)

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