Man in hospital after being shot by armed police officer

A man is in hospital after being shot by an armed police officer in a North East town.
A man is in hospital after being shot by an armed police officer in a North East town.

A man is in hospital after being shot by an armed police officer.

Police were called to Bishop Auckland today following reports that a man had been seen in the area with a handgun.

During the police operation a suspect was shot and was taken to hospital.

Durham Constabulary said that they would be supporting an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IPOC) investigation following the incident.

A spokesman for the force said: "At 10.46am today, police were called to Bishop Auckland after reports that a man had been seen in the area with a handgun.

"During the operation, a suspect was shot and has been taken to hospital.

"The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been informed of the incident and Durham Constabulary will be supporting the IPOC investigation."