Posted: Friday 21 April 2017

Commissioner investigating discharge of firearms by Police in Carfin

The Police Investigation & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating a discharge of firearms by police during which vehicle tyre deflation rounds were used to immobilise a vehicle.

A spokesman for the PIRC said:

"The Police Investigation & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the discharge of conventional firearms, using vehicle tyre deflation rounds, in Carfin on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

"It is reported that the rear two tyres of a vehicle was damaged during the incident after the rounds were discharged by Specialist Firearms Officers with shotguns, but no members of the public were injured.

"It also alleged conventional weapons were pointed at the occupants of the vehicle while being detained by police.

"The firearms discharge occurred following a police operation.

"The incident was referred by the Chief Constable for investigation and a report on the Commissioner's findings will be submitted in due course." 

Notes to Editor:

In terms of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Investigations Procedure, Serious Incidents and Specified Weapons) Regulations 2013, the Chief Constable must refer certain incidents involving the police to the PIRC to allow for an independent investigation.

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