A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot by police in Hull.

Humberside Police said armed officers were called to Hessle Road, in the city, in the early hours of Sunday morning following reports of a man with a gun.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: "Officers were deployed to the area after a report was received that a man was in the street and believed to be in possession of a firearm.

"The man was shot by police during the incident and is currently in hospital in a critical condition. There were no other injuries sustained by anyone."

Mr Anderson said a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

A 100-metre section of Hessle Road - one of the busiest routes in Hull - was cordoned off, with a large number of police vehicles and officers still in the area on Sunday morning.

White-suited forensics officers were working around a blue tent, which officers have erected in the middle of the road, and also a grey BMW four wheel drive vehicle which was parked in the city-bound side of the street.

Two traditional police helmets have also been left in the middle of the road, highlighted with yellow forensic markers, as well as paramedics' equipment.

One of the forensics officers was paying particular attention to an ATM in one of the shops close to the where the BMW had stopped.

The cash machine is between a newsagents and a sex shop on a parade of stores. which are about half a mile from Hull city centre.

Deputy Chief Constable Chris Rowley said officers did not believe the incident was terror-related.

Speaking at a press conference at Humberside Police HQ, he said: "We are still in the very early stages of the investigation, however we do not believe this incident to have any terrorism connection or links."

Mr Rowley added: "Our thoughts are with the family of the man and also with those officers who were involved in the incident.

"In incidents like this our officers have to make very difficult decisions in very difficult circumstances.

"I would like to reassure the local community that incidents like this are very rare. We do have officers in the area and if anyone in the area is concerned I would encourage them to speak to one of those officers.

"Additionally, if anyone has any information about the incident please call 101 quoting reference number 178."

Mr Rowley said the man's condition was critical but stable.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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