London Police Fire Shots After Person Rams Car Into Ukrainian Embassy Vehicle

Erika Holt
April 15, 2019

London's Metropolitan Police say firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at a police auto when police arrived on the scene.

The attacker, a man aged in his 40s, was arrested at the scene.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism, added police.

The ambassador, Natalia Galibarenko, was not at the embassy at the time and no other staff were injured.

It added that the man was arrested after a vehicle was driven at police officers.

A woman who works at a nearby shop said she heard shots fired twice.

"He has been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution", the statement said, adding that the man had not been injured.

London's Metropolitan Police said firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at the police auto when police arrived on the scene.

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The Ukrainian Embassy described the incident as a "deliberate" ramming of the ambassador's parked auto. When officers arrived on the scene, a vehicle was "driven at them", Metropolitan Police said.

Commenting on the incident, the Metropolitan police stated that they have opened an investigation into the attack. He praised police for responding quickly.

A silver Mercedes raced (pictured middle, and right) towards Natalia Galibarenko's (inset top) parked auto outside the embassy building in Holland Park, crashing into it twice at around 10am.

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

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

The silver vehicle's rear right indicator was flashing and its boot and driver's door were open.

The Met said the Directorate of Professional Standards had been informed.

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