Friday, 24 October 2014

Housing officer shot during eviction

A housing officer and bailiff have been shot while apparently trying to evict a tenant from a house in south London.

Police officers and an armed response unit were sent to an address in Strathleven Road in Brixton at 9.50am today.

A 59-year-old woman, who was an income officer working for London-based housing association Metropolitan, and a bailiff in his 60s were shot.

The London Ambulance Service took them to a south London hospital – the housing officer was escorted to hospital by the air ambulance doctor.

Their conditions are not known but it is not believed their injuries are life-threatening.

A spokesperson for Metropolitan said: ‘I can confirm one of the victims is an income officer working for Metropolitan. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.’ The woman is currently still in hospital, the spokesperson said. The police confirmed both remained in hospital.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘It is understood at this early stage that the two victims were involved in the eviction of a resident from this property.’

The police forced entry into the property and restrained a man who was unarmed. A fire arm has since been recovered from the home. The man was arrested and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.  

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 9.48am today to reports of a shooting on Strathleven Road.

‘We sent a responder in a car, two ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and an officer to the scene. Staff treated two patients – a man, reported to be in his 60s, and a 59-year-old-woman – for gunshot wounds. They were both taken as priorities to hospital.’

Pictures from the London Evening Standard

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