Robbery suspect shot dead by police


A suspected armed robber has been shot dead by an off duty police officer

A man has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer after a suspected armed robbery in Northern Ireland.

Police sources said the officer shot at a man who was armed with a knife at a petrol station in Belfast’s Albertbridge Road on Friday.

It is thought the off-duty officer may have come upon the scene, but the PSNI said the full details of what happened are yet to be established.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman, which investigates complaints against police but is called immediately when officers fire baton rounds or live rounds, said it is probing the incident.

The filling station is on a busy route running from east Belfast into the city centre. The site includes a shop where it is understood the shooting took place.

PSNI officers are routinely armed while on duty and have weapons for their protection when off duty.

Sinn Fein Assembly member Alex Maskey, who sits on the Policing Board which monitors the service in Northern Ireland, said he has been in contact with police over the shooting.

He added: “This is obviously an issue of the utmost seriousness and one which must be investigated fully by the Police Ombudsman’s Office.”

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Michael Copeland said residents were concerned over the incident, while the Alliance Party said the community would be seeking answers over what happened.

Assembly member for the area Dawn Purvis called for a full investigation, adding: “While the details of this incident are not yet clear, the one thing we can be sure of is that there are several families suffering with the ramifications of this shooting. I regret deeply the loss of life and my thoughts go to the families at the heart of this incident.”

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