Police shoot man in the hand after stopping car in Chelsea

The IOPC are understood to be investigate whether the gun went off accidentally

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A man has been shot in the hand by police after a car linked to a murder investigation was stopped by armed officers.

Marksmen brought the car to a halt at the junction of King’s Road and Beaufort Street in Chelsea, west London, at around 9pm on Sunday, watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said.

During the stop, a single shot was fired from a police weapon, hitting one of the men in the car in the hand.

He remains in hospital while the other three men in the car were arrested at the scene.

The junction of King’s Road and Beaufort Street in Chelsea
The junction of King’s Road and Beaufort Street in Chelsea
A man was shot in the hand by police
A man was shot in the hand by police

It is understood that the IOPC will investigate whether the gun went off accidentally.

The stop came as part of a murder investigation into the death of a man who was fatally stabbed in Southampton shortly before 12.30pm on Sunday.

The car, believed to be connected to the murder, was driven to London and stopped there.

The IOPC said investigators will look at police radio communication, body-worn video and initial statements from the officers involved.

Regional director Graham Beesley said: “The discharge of firearms by police officers is relatively rare but where potentially lethal force has been used, it is important that we carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances.”

Hampshire Police are investigating the Southampton murder.