[A] CRIMINAL investigation is underway after a man was shot by an armed police officer.
A man in his 20s was taken to hospital following this morning’s incident in Bishop Auckland, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Police were called to the town at 10.46am after reports that a man had been seen in the area with a firearm.
During the ensuing operation, a shot was fired by an armed officer and a suspect was taken to hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been informed of the incident.
Police would like to thank the people of Bishop Auckland for their patience during the ongoing investigation.
Woodhouse Lane has been closed between the junction with Etherley Lane and the roundabout at Rockingham Drive to allow for investigation at the scene and is likely to remain closed for several more hours. Local diversions are in place.
Chief inspector Stephen Ball, of Durham Constabulary, said: “Obviously, this is a serious incident and the public would rightly expect a thorough investigation.
“We are fully co-operating with the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“We believe this to be an isolated incident and we would like to reassure residents that there is no wider threat to the public.
“We would like to thank residents for their support and patience while the investigation continues.”