Suspect sectioned after car driven at police outside Ukrainian embassy in London

A man arrested by officers who fired shots after a car was driven at police outside the Ukrainian embassy in London has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The 40-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of officers after the ambassador’s car was “deliberately rammed” on Saturday.

Scotland Yard said on Sunday that he will now be taken to hospital for treatment following the incident in Holland Park in the west of the capital.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker said the firing of a police firearm will be investigated.

The Metropolitan Police said armed officers were dispatched “as part of the protective security arrangements for London”.

Officers said they were called at about 9.50am to reports of anti-social behaviour involving a car.

When they arrived, the silver Mercedes was said to have been driven at police officers and was in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian embassy.

Holland Park shooting
Police apprehend a suspect near the Ukrainian embassy (Emma Slatter/PA)

Witness Darcy Mercier described the “really strange” event to the BBC.

He said the car was “blasting Ukrainian music in some kind of protest against the embassy” after arriving at about 7am.

Footage showed armed police surround the Mercedes before smashing the driver’s window and using a Taser on the screaming suspect.

The Ukrainian embassy said that ambassador Natalia Galibarenko’s official vehicle was “deliberately rammed”. No staff were injured.

The Met said the Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. An investigation continues.

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