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Baton rounds fired at 75-year-old

Police

A 75-year-old man has been shot twice by police using baton rounds in east Belfast.

The pensioner was armed with what appeared to be a revolver in the incident in the Ballybeen area of Dundonald at about 0200 GMT on Sunday.

He had called police in an agitated state, telling them he was armed. After being discharged from hospital, he was arrested and is being held in custody.

A firearm or replica weapon has been sent for tests.

The Police Ombudsman has appealed for information.

Forensics tests have been carried out at the scene at Enler Park Central, and investigators from the Police Ombudsman's office have been conducting house-to-house enquiries.

A PSNI spokesman said officers had treated the call-out as "a firearms incident".

The police's recently-formed Armed Response Vehicle Unit was deployed to the scene.

It was the first time that a firearm was discharged by the unit since its formation last month.

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