A 23-year-old man has been shot as armed police swooped to foil the robbery of a cash van.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad along with marksmen were lying in wait to stop the cash-in-transit raid outside a supermarket in Wimbledon, south-west London on Monday.
The man was shot at around 8.10am in Lacock Close after officers confronted suspected robbers outside a branch of Sainsbury’s in nearby Haydons Road.
He was taken to hospital where his condition was not life-threatening.
The man was later arrested for conspiracy to rob, as was a second man.
A suspected stolen car was also found at the scene.
One witness who was working in the street at the time of the shooting told the Press Association undercover police had tried to catch two armed robbers.
The man, who did not want to be named, said the two men were seen trying to rob a large white van parked outside the Sainsbury’s Local.
When watching officers swarmed out of bushes and into the street the two men fled, he said.
He added: “The cops were waiting for them. We were just working here and were on the street when it happened. We heard commotion and then there was silence.
“Then we saw a guy running up the street. When he saw he was turning into a cul de sac he turned and fired on the cops, then they returned fire.
“The guy who was running for sure had a gun. The cops came after him and must have cornered him here (in Lacock Close).”
It is rare for British armed police to actually fire their guns during operations.
In the year to March 2018, there were 12 incidents in which police firearms were discharged out of 18,746 armed operations.
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: “We can confirm an incident took place outside our Haydons Road Local. We’re supporting the police with their investigation.”
Watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct is carrying out its own investigation into the shooting.
They added: “Someone was put into an ambulance with a large bandage wrapped around their arm.
“Heard police radioing for ambulance, saying that someone had been shot.”