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Police Shooting in Swindon - Swindon Cameraman

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Tonight I was called to the scene of a Police shooting in West Swindon.

Filming for BBC Points West I arrived to find a large amount of police vehicles and CSI.

At around 5pm today Police were called to a report of an armed robbery at N&B Foods which is located on the Rivermead Industrial Estate. It transpired that a lorry had been stolen.

Not far from the warehouse armed police officers attempted to stop the lorry and gave clear commands to the man driving. He was said to have a handgun and he refused their commands so Police opened fire shooting him in the leg. He is said to be of eastern European descent in his 50s.

I filmed a handgun being removed from the cab. It's not clear currently if this is real or a replica.

Two helicopters attended the scene and the man was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol by Wiltshire Air Ambulance. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A 57-plate Honda Civic was recovered from outside the N&B Foods warehouse around 10.30pm which I also captured.

As police discharged their weapons the incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who are now on scene.

I covered the scene and recorded two interviews with eyewitnesses, sending the footage back quickly for the late news which can be seen below.

The lunchtime news on 17/6/20 included more footage and the gun found at the scene. See below.

UPDATE: 21/6/20

Wiltshire Police have charged a man in connection with this incident. Howard Jones, 59, from Shrivenham Road, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a firearm or imitation firearm whilst committing or being arrested for a schedule 1 offence

  • Robbery

  • ABH

  • Assault on an emergency worker

  • Breach of bail

He has been remanded in custody and is due before Swindon Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. (22/6/20)



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