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Man shot by police in Derry is in stable condition

Investigators from the Police Ombudsman's office worked throughout the night on Saturday to gather evidence. Picture by Pacemaker.
Seamus McKinney

A man shot in the chest by police during what has been described as a “confrontation” at his home in Derry is now in a stable condition in hospital.

The man, who is in his 40s, was shot after officers were called to a flat at Celandine Court in the Gobnascale area of the Waterside shortly before 11pm on Saturday.

He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was initially said to be in a critical condition.

A police officer also suffered stab wounds to his arm and head in the incident and was treated in hospital but later released.

Saturday’s shooting is being investigated by the Police Ombudsman.

A spokesman said investigators worked throughout the night to gather evidence.

“We know that police went to the flat after receiving a call for assistance. There was then a confrontation during which one police officer sustained stab wounds and police discharged CS spray and a single gunshot,” the spokesman said.

A car and a number of bins were later set on fire as up to 50 people gathered in the Gobnascale area.

PSNI Inspector Yvonne McManus said police received a report of a car being set on fire and pushed down a hill towards Spencer Road at around 12.30am yesterday.

“The vehicle was later seen burnt out at the top of Fountain Hill. It has since been removed and police at Strand Road area appealing to the owner of the car to contact them.”

Following the intervention of community activists and local councillors calm was restored in the area.

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