Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon'

Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon'

  • Lorry was stolen at gunpoint in Westlea, Swindon, just after 5pm on Tuesday
  • Police stopped the lorry nearby and a man in his 50s was shot in the leg 
  • He was airlifted to hospital and police say his injuries are not life-threatening

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Police shot a man in his 50s this evening after an armed robber wielding a handgun stole a lorry. 

Armed police were called out after a lorry was stolen from the Rivermead Industrial Estate in Westlea, Swindon, just after 5pm today.

Officers managed to stop the vehicle in nearby Ridge Green, where they say a 'police firearm was discharged'.

Armed police fired one shot at a man in his 50s after a lorry was stolen in a suspected armed robbery in Swindon on Tuesday

Police closed a road after they intercepted a lorry which had been stolen Westlea earlier today

Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon'

Witnesses claim to have heard police telling a man to 'put the gun down' before a shot was fired in Ridge Green, near Swindon

Witnesses claim to have heard police telling a man to 'put the gun down' before a shot was fired.

Local resident Corey Battacchio, 17, was in his room when he heard 'a loud bang', but he assumed it was a firework as 'nothing like that ever happens around here'.

He said: 'At around 5:30pm, I heard numerous police sirens and three circulating helicopters, (one landed) so I went outside.'

He said the man was stopped by police in an unmarked vehicle.

Mr Battacchio said: 'He was shouted at many times by police to "put the gun down" and therefore was shot. He was airlifted to hospital shortly after.'

The road has been shut off and forensic officers are at the scene - which is now behind a cordon, he added.

They were shouting 'put the gun down' for no longer than 30 seconds, he said.

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.'

A passerby, who did not want to be named, said he saw two armed officers shouting 'put the gun down' and pointing their weapons at a man in a lorry.

He told PA: 'They got either side and they both managed to get close enough to open up the left side of the lorry.

Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon'

Armed police joined officers from Wiltshire Police following an armed robbery on Tuesday evening

Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon'

Roads were cordoned off in Swindon after a man in his 50s was shot by police following an armed robbery

'As he (the police officer) opened the door you could hear a bang.'

A man in his 50s was flown to hospital for treatment to a leg wound.

Wiltshire Police say his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. 

Surrounding roads were cordoned off by police after the shot was fired, as an air ambulance took the unnamed man to hospital. 

Superintendent Phil Staynings said: 'I want to reassure the community that this incident was dealt with swiftly. 

'Nobody else was injured and the incident is now contained.

'However, people living in the area will have seen a heavy police presence, which will continue throughout the evening.

Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon' Man in his 50s is shot in the leg by police after 'armed robber stole lorry in Swindon'

Armed police stopped a lorry in Ridge Green, Swindon on Tuesday and shot a man in his 50s. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening

'Due to the fact that a police firearm was discharged, we have automatically referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.'

Wiltshire Police would not comment on whether there had been any arrests.

An IOPC spokeswoman said: 'We have begun an independent investigation following non-fatal police shooting in the Ridge Green area of Swindon earlier today.

'We understand, at this time, that officers from Wiltshire Police were called to a disturbance shortly after 5pm 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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