A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot by firearms police in Frankley yesterday evening (Wednesday 26th July). 

The man – in his 40s – was injured by a single shot when a firearm was discharged by a West Midlands Police firearms officer during the incident.

The incident happened at around 9pm in an alleyway between Hereford Close and Blackdown Close.

Another man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

A large area around Hereford Close and Blackdown Close remained cordoned off this morning, with Armed Response Vehicles still on site within the cordon.

A second scene in nearby Epping Close – not yet confirmed if connected

A second scene was cordoned off in nearby Epping Close – we do not have confirmation that this scene is linked.

Single shot fired by one officer

The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who said that initial information available to them indicated that armed police were in the area responding to intelligence received relating to firearms offences. They confirmed that evidence suggests a single shot was fired by one police officer and said that a police firearm has been secured.

Incident caught on officer’s body worn camera

The IPCC confirmed that they are gathering evidence from the scene, conducting door-to-door enquiries locally and will be reviewing police body worn video footage which captured the incident.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell, who has been at the scene today, said: “We will be carrying out a thorough, independent investigation into this serious incident, as is appropriate when police use potentially lethal force. We are making contact with the man’s family and will ensure they are updated on the progress of our investigation.”

17 years since police in West Midlands last shot anyone

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson said, “An incident like this is extremely rare in the West Midlands and, as such, I will be monitoring the situation closely. This is the first time West Midlands Police has shot someone since 2000. I scrutinise police use of force closely and I will continue to do so. Police use of firearms is closely monitored and regulated.”

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