Four arrested following shootout with armed police in Forest Gate
PUBLISHED: 15:24 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 27 July 2018
Police are appealing for information about last night's shootout in Forest Gate and have stepped up patrols in the area.
Four men have now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and are currently in police custody.
Police were called to Lascelles Close to reports of a group of people in a black BMW carrying a gun.
Armed police then arrived at the scene 15 minutes later at 11pm and got into a chase with the car when it failed to stop.
Shots were then fired at the police officers from the car and the police returned fire.
The car then stopped in Bective Road and a 20-year-old, a 21-year-old and two 22-year-olds were arrested at the scene.
A shotgun and face masks were recovered from the scene. One police officer needed treatment for a minor injury but no one else was hurt.
Det Insp Simon Smith said: “We have made four arrests but we are still appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.
“It doesn’t matter how insignificant you think the information you have is, every ounce of information will help us with our investigation. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”
He also extended his thanks to those who have already passed on information.
Borough commander for Waltham Forest and Newham, Ch Supt Richard Tucker, said: “I understand that last night’s events are alarming but I would like to re-assure the people who live and work here that this is a very rare situation.
“There will be extra officers in the area over the weekend to provide reassurance to the community. Anyone with any concerns can approach these officers or contact their local neighbourhood team.
“Officers acted quickly on the information provided by the community and put themselves in danger to protect the public and ensure that the suspects were stopped and arrested promptly.
“I would like to commend all the officers involved in this incident for their bravery.
“This is just one example of the danger officers put themselves in day in, day out, to protect Londoners.”