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Man shot by police charged
A homeless man shot by police in Walthamstow on Tuesday night has been charged with a firearm offence.
Gheorghe Anitoaie, 43, of no fixed address, will appear at Thames Magistrates Court on Monday charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Armed police swooped on Hale End Road shortly after 8.20pm on Tuesday night after two calls from members of the public reported a man carrying a gun in the street.
Police challenged the man and then shot him in the arm near a bus stop opposite Lamorna Close, off Hale End Road.
Police provided first aid to the man until paramedics arrived and he was taken to hospital for treatment.
He was discharged from hospital yesterday and taken into police custody.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is conducting an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident in line with established procedures.