Police watchdog probe siege shooting in Liverpool

Police in Dovecot
Image caption The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

The police watchdog is investigating if the shooting of a man during an armed siege at a house in Liverpool was justified.

The 47-year-old was shot in the shoulder on 22 May after reports a man had knife to a woman's throat.

The man was serious in hospital but has since been discharged following the shooting on Shellingford Road

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had spoken to 25 officers, three of them senior.

IPCC commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said: "The public expect the highest standards of professionalism and judgement from police firearms officers and our investigation will look at what happened when officers entered the property.

"As well as gathering evidence to see if any officer needs to be held to account, we will also see if there is any learning to help inform how the police respond to similar incidents in the future."

Elemir Lakatos, 47, appeared at South Sefton Magistrates' on Friday charged with 11 offences including threats to kill and unlawful imprisonment .

He will appear again at Liverpool Crown Court on 20 June.

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