Hersden: Watchdog Investigates Police Shooting

An incident where a man was left fighting for his life after being shot by police is being independently investigated.

Firearms officers and police negotiators were sent to the house in Hersden, near Canterbury, Kent, at 11.20pm on February 8, where the 40-year-old man's daughter, 16, had suffered stab wounds.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced today it is independently investigating the incident in which the man was critically injured after being shot at about 1am on February 9 by Kent Police.

During the incident the girl suffered a number of injuries, an IPCC spokesman said.

Both casualties were both taken to hospital where the man remains in a critical condition and the girl is recovering.

IPCC investigators went to the scene and arranged for an independent ballistics expert to examine the address.

It also oversaw the recovery of evidence from the address and has conducted house-to-house inquiries, the spokesman said.

The firearms officers have provided their accounts to the IPCC and are being treated as significant witnesses.

Investigators have recovered a police issue handgun for testing, two Tasers and a baton launcher, which were used during the incident.

IPCC Commissioner Mary Cunneen, said: "My thoughts are with all those involved in this serious incident.

"Our investigators have met with the family to explain our role and we will keep them updated as our investigation progresses.

"Although incidents of this nature are rare, where someone is shot by the police it is right that it is subject to rigorous independent scrutiny.

"We have made good progress recovering evidence that will help provide an understanding of what happened."

Kent Police is carrying out separate inquiries as part of an on-going attempted murder investigation.

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