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Police Shoot Man After Crossbow Allegedly Fired
A man has been shot by police after he allegedly fired a crossbow at officers, Police Scotland said.
The man was removed from a house in Bankfaulds Avenue, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, at around 12.15pm on Saturday following a seven-hour stand-off with armed police after he barricaded himself inside.
His injuries are not considered serious or life threatening, police said.
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: "A 24-year-old man has been shot by police following the alleged discharge of a crossbow at officers around 1215 hours this afternoon, Saturday 12 March 2016.
"The man had earlier - around 0530 hours this morning - barricaded himself within a property in Bankfaulds Ave, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire.
"He has been taken by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, for treatment.
"At this time it is not considered that his injuries are serious nor life threatening.
"No other people were injured in the incident which concluded at 1220 hours this afternoon.
"Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with this incident. Enquiries are continuing.
"As is procedure, the matter will be referred to PIRC - Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.''
A spokeswoman for PIRC confirmed the incident is being investigated.
She said: "The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has been directed by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to investigate the discharge of a conventional firearm during an incident at a residential address in Kilbirnie earlier today, Saturday 12 March 2016.
"It is reported that during the incident, a 24-year-old man was shot by police at around 12.15pm, following the alleged discharge of a crossbow at officers.
"A report on the Commissioner's findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course.''
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