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."