United Kingdom police say man held in hospital after embassy car-ramming

United Kingdom police say man held in hospital after embassy car-ramming

United Kingdom police say man held in hospital after embassy car-ramming

British police fired shots Saturday at a auto outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London after it rammed other cars parked in front of the embassy.

The Ukrainian embassy in the United Kingdom said the vehicle was targeted at around 9.50am on Saturday, outside the embassy building in Holland Park.

A man, who attacked the official auto of the ambassador of Ukraine in Great Britain Natalia Halibarenko, was taken into custody in London.

Officers said they were called at about 9.50am to reports of antisocial behaviour involving a vehicle.

Police said the incident was not considered terrorist-related, and that several other cars parked on the street near the embassy, in London's Holland Park neighborhood, had also been hit. "In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle", it said.

London police say he also drove his auto toward officers. "Police firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man, aged in his forties, was arrested".

A man in his 40s was arrested at the scene and taken to a central London hospital as a precaution.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism, added police. No one was injured, it said. Police did not report any injuries to the suspect.

Metropolitan Police confirmed "police firearms were discharged" during the incident, around 10am this morning in the West London suburb of Holland Park.

Witnesses said 10 or more gunshots had been fired.

The vehicle has been a focus of attention for forensics officers.

Officers have remained at the scene during the day, with a silver Mercedes vehicle pictured parked across a street with its boot open and damage to the driver-side front window.

Ch Supt Andy Walker said the firing of a police firearm would be investigated.

Adding: "I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved in this incident who responded this morning and put themselves in harm's way as they do every day to keep the people of London safe".

The Met said the Directorate of Professional Standards had been informed.

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