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Watchdog appeals for witnesses to police shooting
The body which monitors police conduct has appealed for witnesses after a man was shot twice by officers.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched the appeal after Gheorghe Antinoaie, a 43-year-old homeless man, was shot by police in Hale End Road in Walthamstow on August 20.
the injured man was said to have been carrying a fake gun at the time.
The IPCC must establish if the officers who fired the shots used reasonable force.
Police responded to two separate reports that a man had been seen in the street with a hand gun.
Officers challenged the suspect and then two officers each fired one shot, injuring the man in the arm near a bus stop opposite Lamorna Clos at around 8.25pm.
Just over a week on from the incident, IPCC investigators are appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist them with their investigation.
IPCC officers returned to the scene on Tuesday night to distribute appeal leaflets and speak to residents and passers-by.
Mr Antinoaie was discharged from hospital into police custody on Friday, when he was charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
IPCC commissioner, Sarah Green, said: “A man received gun shot wounds as a result of this incident and it is appropriate that the IPCC examines whether the force used by Metropolitan Police Service officers was necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances and if the firearms tactics used in the intervention were appropriate on the information available at the time.
“I would urge anyone who may have been in Hale End Road, Walthamstow from around 8.15pm on Tuesday, 20 August who may hold information which would assist our investigation to get in touch with the IPCC on 0800 096 9073 or Hale_End@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.”