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Gun aimed at police officer in Camberwell after car chase from Woolwich shooting

Officers are urgently appealing for witnesses after a firearm was aimed at an unarmed police officer in Camberwell.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, November 30, after police were called to reports of a shooting in Commonwealth Buildings in Woolwich Church Street.

Officers arrived shortly after 3am, after callers reported a gunman firing at a group, injuring a man and woman. Both survived.

Armed police pursued a car, believed to have been stolen, from New Cross to Camberwell where it crashed and the suspects fled on foot.

During the subsequent chase, a gun was pointed at an officer.

Four people were eventually detained and arrested on suspicion of a firearm with intent to endanger life; possession of ammunition; possession of an offensive weapon, and aggravated vehicle taking.

During a search of the car, officers found five knives – including four ‘Rambo’ weapons and a self-loading pistol. Two magazines of self-loading ammunition were also recovered nearby.

Detectives are now conducting several lines of enquiry, with particular focus on forensics and ballistic evidence. 

One of those arrested has been released under investigation, one has been bailed pending further enquiries, and another has been recalled to prison.

The fourth male was initially taken to hospital for treatment for injuries sustained during the chase.  He has now been discharged into custody.

Detective Inspector Lydia Stephens said: “This shooting injured two people and will have had a severe impact on everyone present. 

“We are determined to make sure those responsible face the consequences of their actions and the investigation team is working tirelessly to bring them to justice.

“Our officers operate in some of the most dangerous and violent situations and often put themselves in harm’s way. 

“This is yet another example of the risks they have to take in order to tackle violence and keep London safe.

“It is essential that the public provide us with any information about people who may be in possession of firearms or other weapons or who are engaged in violent crime so that we can draw together all available evidence to build strong cases and remove dangerous individuals from the streets of London.”


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