Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Cops Open Fire on Car That Rams Ambassador's Vehicle

Cops Open Fire on Car That Rams Ambassador's Vehicle

London police have fired gunshots at a man who rammed into a diplomatic vehicle parked outside Ukraine's Embassy, and then tried to drive into officers.

British police say shots were fired outside the Ukraine Embassy in London Saturday morning after a auto rammed into parked cars in front of the building.

Scotland Yard said a vehicle was driven at police officers when they arrived at the scene.

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

A view of the scene near the Ukrainian Embassy after police fired shots after an incident, in Holland Park, London, Saturday April 13, 2019. "In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle", it said. Thus, now he is in custody at a central London police station.

London Metropolitan Police said "armed and unarmed officers were deployed" to the scene at 8:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) after "reports of a auto in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy".

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

He said the vehicle was "blasting Ukrainian music in some kind of protest against the embassy" after arriving at about 7am.

One witness, who works at a nearby shop, said she heard shots fired twice.

Adding: "I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved in this incident who responded this morning and put themselves in harm's way as they do every day to keep the people of London safe".

A police committee is investigating the officers' use of firearms.

Ruptly's footage from the scene shows a sedan with its doors open in the middle of the street and forensic officers examining the area.

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