Police open fire after vehicle repeatedly rams Ukraine ambassador's auto in London

Blanche Robertson
April 13, 2019

When the driver was blocked by cops, he slammed into the Ambassador's vehicle again - forcing police to open fire.

"In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle".

The embassy, located in Holland Park in west London, said the official vehicle of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK, Natalia Galibarenko, was attacked on Saturday morning at around 10am.

Police said the uninjured man was "taken to a central London hospital as a precaution". No one of the Embassy staff were injured. So far, the suspect's motive remains unclear.

Reports on social media suggested up to ten shots were fired.

It said both armed and unarmed officers were deployed to the incident "as part of the protective security arrangements for London".

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When officers arrived on the scene, a vehicle was "driven at them", the Met added.

The man has since been arrested and the incident is declared over by police, who are not treating it as terror-related.

A silver Mercedes raced towards the Ukrainian ambassadors auto as police shot at the driver through the window.

British police opened fire after a vehicle rammed into the Ukrainian ambassador's official vehicle on Saturday morning.

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

London's Metropolitan Police said firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at a police auto when police arrived on the scene.

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