Police in Hackney, Haggerston
A police officer stands on duty at the scene of the shooting of a police officer in Hackney, east London.Reuters

A male police officer suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder during a firearms operation on Thursday (15 October) in Hackney, east London. A firearm was recovered at the scene and a 31-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a section 1 firearm. He remains in custody at a north London police station.

The firearms operation was carried out by officers from the Met's Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19) and the Trident Area Crime Command at around 12.45pm in Haggerston. The injured police officer is said to have been a Detective Constable from the Trident Area Crime Command. A Post Incident Procedure concluded that no police firearms had been discharged during the incident.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe praised the wounded police officer for his "great bravery", while his colleagues described him as "exceptional" and "professional".

"The firearms incident in Haggerston, Hackey, illustrates the very real risks that police officers take on behalf of the public to keep London safe," said Commander Duncan Ball from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime and Operations. "He was treated at the scene and taken to an east London hospital where I am pleased to confirm he is now in a stable condition."

An investigation is under way to establish the circumstances of the incident and the Trident criminal investigation regarding the incident continues.