Cops Open Fire on Car That Rams Ambassador's Vehicle

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Police had to open fire on a auto after the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK's vehicle was "deliberately rammed".

Investigators work the site where police fired shots after a vehicle rammed the parked auto of Ukraine's ambassador in London on April 13, 2019.

British police say a man suspected of purposefully driving into parked cars in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in London has been hospitalized for mental health treatment.

Police had opened fire on the vehicle after the driver "deliberately rammed" into the diplomat's auto and then drove at officers.

Police were immediately called and they opened fire after the man behind the wheel rammed the auto a second time.

London police say he also drove his auto toward officers. "In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle", it said. However, law enforcement stressed that they were not treating the incident as terrorist-related. The media outlet noted, citing witnesses, that at least 10 shots had been fired.

Police say the suspect is a man in his 40s who did not appear to be injured but was taken to a central London hospital for a precautionary check.

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The woman, who did not wish to be named, said officers arrived "very quick", adding: "I saw many police cars coming".

Metropolitan Police confirmed "police firearms were discharged" during the incident, around 10am this morning in the West London suburb of Holland Park.

A silver auto outside the embassy was the subject of a forensic officer's investigation on Saturday afternoon.

"While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put themselves in harm's way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe".

Ch Supt Andy Walker said the firing of a police firearm would be investigated.

Ruptly's footage from the scene shows a sedan with its doors open in the middle of the street and forensic officers examining the area.