London police fire shots as vehicle rams Ukraine ambassador's auto

Ukrainian embassy London

A man arrested by officers who fired shots after a vehicle was driven at police outside the Ukrainian embassy in London has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Police were immediately called and they opened fire after the man behind the wheel rammed the vehicle a second time.

Police said they had been called at around 9.50 am on Saturday to reports of a auto having hit several vehicles in the road.

Earlier, eyewitnesses, as quoted by the Daily Star, stated that the gunfire allegedly came from a vehicle near the embassy building, with police returning fire. The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station. Nevertheless, despite the police actions, the attacker hit the Ambassador's vehicle again.

"A man, aged in his 40s, was arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of police officers and criminal damage", the report said.

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The statement added: "The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related".

Meanwhile, some Twitter users said the scene had been cleared up and that no one was injured.

A woman who works at a nearby shop said she heard shots fired twice between 10am and 11am on Saturday.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said officers arrived "very quick", adding: "I saw many police cars coming".

The vehicle has been a focus of attention for forensics officers.

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The vehicle, which a police source said was a Mercedes, appeared to have been backed into the black auto.

Footage showed armed police surround the auto before smashing the driver's window and using a Taser on the screaming suspect.

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

"He has been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution".

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