Page last updated at 16:34 GMT, Saturday, 18 July 2009 17:34 UK

Stolen 4x4 man is shot by police

The Range Rover at Castleview in Gilford
One shot was fired by police at the vehicle

A man who had been driving a stolen Range Rover has been shot by police in the County Down village of Gilford.

The vehicle had earlier been taken from a house in Craigavon, County Armagh, at about 0430 BST on Saturday.

At the house in Carrigart Crescent, a man threatened the occupant with a petrol bomb, police said.

It is understood the man crashed the 4x4 and then tried to escape when one shot was fired. He was taken to hospital with an injury to his abdomen.

His condition is described as not life threatening.

A police patrol car came upon the vehicle at Castleview Drive, Gilford, shortly after 0500 BST.

The incident has been referred to the Police Ombudsman, who will investigate whether the use of gunfire was justified.

Sinn Fein Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd claimed if the incident had happened in "Dundalk or Leeds, lethal force would not have been used".

"Stingers would have been used, the car would have been rammed off the road especially in the early hours of the morning when there were no other vehicles about," he said.

"So there are other ways of stopping stolen vehicles, but my first and primary concern is with the family from which the vehicle was stolen from."



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