A MAN was shot by police during a serious incident in Bournemouth last night.
More than a dozen police vehicles were on the scene as the drama unfolded outside the Broadway pub on Castle Lane West at around 8.30pm.
Reports circulating on social media name one of those involved as a Kevin Sherwood.
Witnesses reported seeing police fire at a car during the incident.
A black Mercedes had its tyres blown out. The driver’s window was smashed and a pool of blood was in the road.
One man from the vehicle was taken to hospital after sustaining a gun shot wound to the arm. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
The police action was in relation to an ongoing investigation into a reported serious assault in Wimborne Road last week.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “At 8.26pm on Tuesday 7 August 2018, armed officers stopped a vehicle containing three people along Castle Lane West in Bournemouth. This was in relation to an ongoing investigation into a reported serious assault in Wimborne Road on Thursday 2 August.
“During the incident, police discharged a firearm. One man from the vehicle sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
“A second man from the vehicle – a 36-year-old – was arrested by officers at the scene. A woman was also in the vehicle. Neither suffered any injuries.
“A cordon has been put in place. As is normal in such circumstances the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct which is responsible for investigating the circumstances.
“For operational reasons we cannot go into any further details at this time.”
Marked and unmarked police vehicles and an ambulance were at the scene, with armed and regular police officers.
John Amey, who was in the car park of the Broadway pub at the time, said: “I heard several bangs. At first I thought it was some sort of exercise.
“There were people in balaclavas and with machine guns. They were shouting ‘stop, stop, stop’ at the car, but it kept going.
“There was a lot of noise, but at the same time it seemed very controlled.
“After the shots they got a man out of the car and they had medics there straight away.”
Kevin Shaji, a shop worker, was standing at the bus stop opposite to where the incident happened.
He said: “I heard one gun shot which I thought was a car back firing and then I heard police shout “get down get down” then I heard several other gun shots and three police cars appeared out of nowhere.”
The scene remained cordoned off this morning.