Man shot in the stomach by police

Last updated at 12:01 27 June 2007

A man is in a critical condition today after being shot in the stomach by a police officer.

Armed police officers were called to a house in Moor View, Rassau, Ebbw Vale, south Wales, at about 10pm yesterday after it was reported that a man had a gun.

The 56-year-old local man, who was armed, was challenged by police officers and a shot was fired at about 11.10pm. The man was taken to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. His condition is described as critical, following surgery.

The shooting has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is to investigate.

IPCC commissioner John Crawley said: "This is a serious incident and we will conduct a thorough and comprehensive independent investigation into the circumstances of this shooting."

The man was widowed last year and his mother recently died, his brother told BBC Radio Wales.

He also told the BBC that one of the man's sons had died in a car accident.

He said: "He did go out with a few friends to have a few beers yesterday, but I understand he was on his own in the house when it happened.

"That's what I understand, but he has been suffering with depression, you know, obviously the three deaths.

"Then, of course, when my mother died suddenly the day before yesterday that brought bad memories back to him."

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