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Police officer shot by gang in south London

AN UNARMED Met police officer has been shot while chasing three young men in south London.

The PC, who the Met are not naming, was shot in the arm when one of the men opened fire in Kingsdown Avenue, south Croydon, at about 10pm on Friday.

His injuries are not said to be life-threatening. Two men, aged 21 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

An 18-year-old was held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of drugs.

A Met spokesman said police were called to the scene after reports that a group of men were seen acting suspiciously, but the men ran off when a patrol arrived.

He said as the officers chased the suspects on foot, one suspect produced a handgun and shots were fired.

Commander Tony Eastaugh was quoted by BBC news saying: "I am outstandingly proud of our officers who put themselves in positions of danger on a daily basis to protect the communities of London.

"It is sad that an unarmed officer has been shot whilst performing his duty to the public. Our thoughts are with him and his family".

It is understood that Trident, the Met's specialist unit for gun crime in the black community, is now investigating the incident.

A worker from the nearby Golf Shop was quoted in the Croydon Guardian saying: “There were armed response teams down there with dogs and crime tents have been put up.

“If you walk down Kingsdown Avenue you have to prove that you have got urgent business or that you live in Kingsdown Avenue.

“It's South Croydon, it shouldn’t happen. They are just young idiots with a gun.”

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