Shots fired at police

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police have issued a further appeal for information and witnesses after a firearm was fired in the direction of plain clothed officers.

On Thursday, 18 March, at approximately 7:10pm, 10 plain clothed police officers from the Met’s North West Violence Suppression Unit were on patrol in the Grahame Park Estate in Colindale.

They were responding to information about a large gathering in the area.

The officers approached a group of approximately six men, believed to be local to the area, who immediately ran off. The officers gave chase on foot.

During this chase, it is believed that a firearm was discharged a number of times, by one of the suspects, towards the unarmed officers.

Fortunately nobody was injured, although the officers were understandably shaken by the incident.

Detectives are exploring a number of lines of enquiry but are urging the public to come forward with any information that could help to identify and locate those involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Gemma Alger, who is leading the investigation, said: “Any level of violence against officers who serve the public and keep our communities safe will not be tolerated. We are committed to finding those involved and taking all appropriate action against them.

“The repercussions of this split-second action could have been grave – we could potentially have been dealing with a murder investigation. Nobody should go to work fearing that they may never return home.

“The violence faced by officers as they work to keep Londoners safe is an ever-present concern.

“This is a busy estate and we are appealing for anyone with information that could help identify this group, no matter how small, to come forward. That includes security, dash cam or door cam footage, all of which could provide vital clues.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about those involved, is urged to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD6602/18MAR.

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