> Police shoot man in hand while stopping a car in Chelsea

Police shoot man in hand while stopping a car in Chelsea

Police may have accidentally shot a man in the hand outside a private members’ club in Chelsea, it has emerged.

The police watchdog launched an investigation after man was shot when armed officers stopped a car linked to a murder investigation.

Marksmen brought the car to a halt at the junction of King’s Road and Beaufort Street in Chelsea, south-west London, at around 9pm on Sunday, watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said.

During the stop, a single shot was fired from a police weapon, hitting one of the men in the car in the hand.

He remains in hospital while the other three men in the car were arrested at the scene.

It is understood that the IOPC will investigate whether the gun went off accidentally.

The stop came as part of a murder investigation into the death of a man who was fatally stabbed in Southampton shortly before 12.30pm on Sunday.

The car, believed to be connected to the murder, was driven to London and stopped there.

The IOPC said investigators will look at police radio communication, body-worn video and initial statements from the officers involved.

Regional director Graham Beesley said: “The discharge of firearms by police officers is relatively rare but where potentially lethal force has been used, it is important that we carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances.”

Hampshire Police, who are investigating the Southampton murder, said a 19-year-old man was stabbed in the chest in Langhorn Road and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In total, five men aged between 20 and 46 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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