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Police use baton round on gunman

A man was shot with a baton round as he walked through Loughborough town centre wielding a gun, police have confirmed.

Armed officers called to Market Place, at about 1920 GMT on Wednesday, confronted a 44-year-old man.

Officers then opened fire with a baton round, or a plastic bullet, over fears for public safety.

A man was arrested and taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary where he was treated for minor injuries. A gun found at the scene is being examined.

The area was also cordoned off while forensic searches were carried out.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Supt Phil Whiteley said: "This is only the second time a baton round has been discharged by police officers in Leicestershire and Rutland.

"On the basis of our investigation, I am confident that the officers concerned acted with the utmost professionalism and took the necessary steps to protect the public, which of course is of paramount importance.

"However, we will continue to review the circumstances of the incident and maintain our liaison with the IPCC to ensure that our response was of the highest professional standard and to maintain public confidence in the constabulary."



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