Forest Hill police shooting man is arrested

A man who was shot by police has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of three officers after he allegedly threatened them with a knife.

The 25-year-old is in hospital after he "hit by several bullets" in Forest Hill, south London, on 19 February.

Scotland Yard said he was also detained on suspicion of possessing offensive weapons, two counts of criminal damage and affray.

The shot man's solicitor said it was "remarkable" he had survived.

A Met Police spokesman said officers had been called at about 05:40 GMT to reports of a man attempting to break into a car in Elsinore Road.

Local officers and firearms officers attended the scene, and both Taser and firearms were used on the man who was said to have "a large bladed weapon".

'Several bullets'

The suspect will remain under police guard in hospital until he is well enough to be discharged, the force added.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the incident, as is standard practice for police shootings.

Richard Egan of Tuckers Solicitors, which is representing the arrested man, said: "These are extremely serious, but unproven, allegations.

"Our client was hit by several of the bullets fired by police officers at the scene.

"It is remarkable that he survived and he remains in hospital recovering from his wounds.

"When he is well enough to answer these allegations I am sure he will and we shall of course continue to provide him with robust representation."

He said the suspect's family had lodged a formal complaint with the IPCC.

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