Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cops Open Fire on Car That Rams Ambassador's Vehicle

Cops Open Fire on Car That Rams Ambassador's Vehicle

According to the report, at about 10 am, the auto intentionally rammed the official vehicle of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom, which was parked near the diplomatic department.

Police said the suspect is a man in his 40s who did not appear to be injured but was taken to a central London hospital for a precautionary check.

Police had opened fire on the vehicle after the driver "deliberately rammed" into the diplomat's auto and then drove at officers.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened early on Saturday outside the embassy building in the affluent Holland Park area of west London, and it was not being treated as terrorism, police said in a statement.

British police fired shots after a vehicle rammed the parked auto of Ukraine's ambassador in London on Saturday, the Ukrainian embassy said.

Witnesses say they heard approximately 10 shots fired. She added that officers arrived "very quick" and saw "many police cars coming". It added that British police were investigating the suspect's identity and a possible motive.

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'In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle. He praised police for responding quickly.

The drama, in Holland Park's "Millionaire's Row", began after a man in a silver Mercedes drove into the official vehicle used by Natalia Galibarenko, who has represented Kiev in the United Kingdom since 2015.

The vehicle, which a police source said was a Mercedes, appeared to have been backed into the black auto.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Metropolitan Police's specialist firearms command, said: "As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident".

The silver vehicle's rear right indicator was flashing and its boot and driver's door were open.

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