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Man sectioned after car was driven at police outside Ukrainian embassy

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A man has been sectioned after a car was driven at police outside the Ukrainian embassy in west London.

A silver Mercedes was driven at police officers after ramming into several cars, including the Ukrainian ambassador’s, outside the embassy yesterday afternoon.

Police opened fire during the incident in Holland Park. Officers were called to reports of “antisocial behaviour involving a car.”

Police said a man drove at them when they arrived at the scene and they opened fire. 

Police at the scene in west London (SplashNews.com)

Police firearms and Taser were discharged, Scotland Yard said.

The vehicle was stopped and a man aged 40 was arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of police officers and criminal damage.

Officers were forced to open fire (SplashNews.com)

The Met said today that a man had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act following the incident.

He will be taken to hospital for treatment.

The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. Enquiries continue.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident. 

“While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved in this incident who responded this morning and put themselves in harm’s way as they do every day to keep the people of London safe.”

The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.

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