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Holland Park shooting: police open fire on car at the Ukrainian embassy


A man who "blew Ukrainian music out of his car for several hours" before deliberately ramming the Mercedes into the Ukrainian ambassador's vehicle in London five times was arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder police officers after he was killed had driven when they opened fire on him.

Officers opened fire to try to stop the man after he was beaten into the ambassador Natalia Galibarenko's parked car in front of the embassy building in Holland Park in west London crashed twice around 10 a.m.

A taser was also used before the car was stopped and the man in his forties was arrested and taken to the hospital – although he was not injured.

The city police later said that he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of police officers and criminal damage.

Although the motive is unclear, the Ukrainian embassy claimed that the ambassador's car was "intentionally rammed" in the incident this morning.

A witness alleged that the car "blew up Ukrainian music in protest at the embassy" after it arrived around 7 a.m.

The moment police officers arrest the man outside the Ukrainian embassy in West London this morning after twice deliberately ramming his car into the ambassador's parked vehicle

Witnesses allege that police officers fired half a dozen shots at the man in his forties and also used a taser before submitting and arresting him

Witnesses allege that police officers fired half a dozen shots at the man in his forties and also used a taser before submitting and arresting him

The Ukrainian ambassador's vehicle was parked in front of the embassy in Holland Park when a silver Mercedes was racing towards it

The Ukrainian ambassador's vehicle was parked in front of the embassy in Holland Park when a silver Mercedes was racing towards it

A police dog at the scene near the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park in west London, where the ambassador's car was rammed by a Mercedes

A police dog at the scene near the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park in west London, where the ambassador's car was rammed by a Mercedes

The witness Darcy Mercier described the "really strange" event to the BBC.

He said: "I was outside on my terrace when he started ramming the car and then the police arrested him.

"I asked him to turn down the music, and he said he was playing Ukrainian music for the Ukrainian embassy and was a little warlike."

The embassy statement said: “On Saturday, April 13th, at around 10 a.m., the official vehicle of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom was intentionally rammed when it was parked in front of the Ukraine Embassy building.

The police were called immediately and the suspect's vehicle was blocked. Despite the police actions, the attacker hit the ambassador's car again.

Ukrainian ambassador Natalia Galibarenk pictured was not in the car at the time

Ukrainian ambassador Natalia Galibarenk pictured was not in the car at the time

In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle. The perpetrator was arrested and taken to a police station. None of the embassy staff were injured. The police investigate the suspect's identity and motive for the attack. & # 39;

Emma Slatter, General Counsel of Visa, watched the scene with her partner David Hinsley, a banker who is also over 50 years old.

"We could see two police cars at this end of the street and one half way up the other way," she said.

 € œIt appears that he wants to move irregularly or move away from boxing, maybe he didnâ € ™ t notice that the police were behind him too.

"Then he collided backwards."

Then gunfire came.

"I think I heard about half a dozen shots," she said.

The couple fled the window in the event of a scatter ball until the fire was over.

"I could see the police got the man out of the car and had him on the floor," Ms. Slatter continued.

& # 39; The police seemed to be responsible. There were probably eight to ten full-armored men, some with submachine guns.

& # 39; He (the suspect) stumbled, but he didn't fight back. We thought he might have been shot, but there was no evidence of blood.

"You took him to the back of the police car," she said, before putting the suspect in an ambulance.

The police cordoned off the road near the Ukrainian embassy in West London.

Forensics comb the silver Mercedes car in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park, Kensington, London

Forensics comb the silver Mercedes car in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park, Kensington, London

On-site forensic experts near the Ukrainian embassy collect evidence and place markings around the car

On-site forensic experts near the Ukrainian embassy collect evidence and place markings around the car

The 65-year-old Bruno, whose house is inside the police chain, said, "I heard one policeman say to another," Break the glass, "and they broke both windows on the front of the car."

The 65-year-old Bruno, whose house is inside the police chain, said, "I heard one policeman say to another," Break the glass, "and they broke both windows on the front of the car."

There was a strong police presence at the scene for several hours, and the police were accompanied by a forensic team to investigate

There was a strong police presence at the scene for several hours, and the police were accompanied by a forensic team to investigate

A woman working in a nearby shop said she heard two shots on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said the officers had arrived "very quickly" and added, "I saw a lot of police cars coming."

The 65-year-old Bruno, whose house is inside the police chain, said: "I heard one policeman say to another:" Break the glass "and they broke both windows in the front of the car.

The trunk of the silver Mercedes was full of a builder's work bag and several other items, including an H & M shopping bag.

The trunk of the silver Mercedes was full of a builder's work bag and several other items, including an H & M shopping bag.

The damage to a parked car can be seen in the trunk of the Mercedes, which crashed into several parked vehicles in front of the embassy

The damage to a parked car can be seen in the trunk of the Mercedes, which crashed into several parked vehicles in front of the embassy

Forensic officers dress when they place markings around the car while looking for evidence and a possible motive

Forensic officers dress when they place markings around the car while looking for evidence and a possible motive

The scene in Holland Park after police shots near the Ukrainian embassy to stop the silver Mercedes and its driver

The scene in Holland Park after police shots near the Ukrainian embassy to stop the silver Mercedes and its driver

The police were forced to fire and use a taser that eventually stopped the vehicle and arrested the man after driving towards them

The police were forced to fire and use a taser that eventually stopped the vehicle and arrested the man after driving towards them

Ukraine's Ambassador, Ms. Natalia Galibarenko, and her husband Oleksandr Naumenko meet Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 with a private audience at Buckingham Palace

Ukraine's Ambassador, Ms. Natalia Galibarenko, and her husband Oleksandr Naumenko meet Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 with a private audience at Buckingham Palace

& # 39; (the shot) got me out, I just went out to see what it was, when I realized what was going on, I went back in.

"I heard a shot, then the car crash, then more shots, and probably seconds later I was out."

Another resident, Dan, who lives two blocks away, said to MailOnline: "The Mercedes sat outside for hours with music – from 7:30 a.m."

"I heard gunfire and I heard screaming, I thought it must be a little bit crazy on the street."

The Ukrainian embassy is located in Holland Park, a wealthy area in West London. The ambassador's car was deliberately targeted by the driver of a silver vehicle

The Ukrainian embassy is located in Holland Park, a wealthy area in West London. The ambassador's car was deliberately targeted by the driver of a silver vehicle

The police visited the scene and detained the driver of the car. It is not known whether the ambassador was in the car at the time of the incident

The police visited the scene and detained the driver of the car. It is not known whether the ambassador was in the car at the time of the incident

Another neighbor told MailOnline: "I thought it was just a protest at the Cameroon embassy because they do it every week."

Another neighbor told MailOnline: "I thought it was just a protest at the Cameroon embassy because they do it every week."

A statement from the Ukrainian embassy said the car was intentionally rammed twice before the police were forced to intervene

A statement from the Ukrainian embassy said the car was intentionally rammed twice before the police were forced to intervene

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker of the Met's Specialist Firearms Command said: “As is the standard procedure, an investigation into the unloading of a police weapon during this incident is ongoing. Meanwhile, I want to pay tribute to the officials involved, who responded quickly to this incident this morning, and like every day put myself at risk of bringing people to London to safety. & # 39;

A witness in the area claimed on social media that he heard up to 10 shots in Holland Park this afternoon.

Photos of the scene show a number of police cars and officers in the area.

Henry Greenfields, who lives nearby, told MyLondon that a neighbor heard gunshots and then saw the police return the fire.

Another local said he heard "seven or eight" shots.

Secretary of State Sir Alan Duncan said he was "very concerned" to hear about the incident and had spoken to Ukrainian Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko.

He tweeted, “Very concerned to hear about the incident near the Ukrainian embassy this morning.

"I have just spoken to Ambassador Galibarenko @UkrEmbLondon and I am happy to hear that no one was injured.

"Many thanks to @metpoliceuk for this quick response."

Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South and SNP Defense spokesman gave Natalia Gailibarenko his "best wishes"

Stewart McDonald's MP for Glasgow South and SNP Defense spokesman gave Natalia Gailibarenko his "best wishes"

The scene after the police were forced to shoot the driver of the car as he drove towards them instead of stopping this morning

The scene after the police were forced to shoot the driver of the car as he drove towards them instead of stopping this morning

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