Police shoot man caught holding a knife to woman’s throat

Gunshots were fired on Shellingford Road, near the student areas of Kensington and Smithdown

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A Liverpool man has been left in hospital after armed police shot him in the chest following a siege.

One man, who lives on Shellingford Road, Dovecot, where the incident occurred, claimed he saw armed police “move in with all the shooting” after seeing “the fella with a knife to his wife’s throat”.

He also said: “They had to throw [smoke] bombs into the house and then an ambulance came about half an hour later.”

The road has been closed all day as police continue to investigate the scene, with riot vans and helicopters surrounding the street.

One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve heard there was a man inside a house holding a gun. At about 8.40am I heard gunshots. There were a good few shots, there must have been at least 10.

A police spokesperson said: “There are riot vans on the streets and the police helicopter is flying low. There are ambulances outside the house.”

“Patrols attended and an armed containment was put in place whilst officers attempted to engage with the man inside the house. “A decision was made to enter the property and officers facilitated entry using distraction devices and the male was subsequently shot by police. He sustained an injury to his upper body.”

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The 43-year-old man was taken to Royal Liverpool hospital, where his condition was described as serious but stable. The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was taken to a police station. Two children, aged seven and eleven, had managed to leave the property prior to the arrival of the police and were said to be safe and well. Officers recovered a firearm and knives from the property, police said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have confirmed there was a “non fatal police shooting” and no officers have been injured.  An independent investigation into the events has been launched.

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