Man fighting for life after being shot by police in Homerton

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The independent police watchdog has launched an investigation.
Photograph: Ray Forster

A 28-year-old man is fighting for his life after he was shot by police in Homerton last night following reports of a domestic disturbance.

An officer was stabbed in the incident but his injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

Police were initially called at 9.43pm to a residential address on Knights Close, where a man was reported to be armed with knives and making threats to kill.

Specialist firearms officers attended the scene, and one officer was stabbed.

Firearms officers were deployed and a male was shot by police.

The man was taken to an east London hospital, where his condition has been assessed as life-threatening.

The officer was not hospitalised after his injury, and it is understood that no-one else was hurt in the incident.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is aware and has launched an investigation.