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London Police Fire Shots After Vehicle Rams Ukraine Ambassador's auto

London Police Fire Shots After Vehicle Rams Ukraine Ambassador's auto

Police opened fire outside Ukraine's embassy in London on Saturday after a vehicle rammed into the ambassador's parked auto and then drove at officers called to the scene.

On arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers, the police said.

Shots have been fired by firearms officers in the Holland Park area of west London, the Metropolitan police have said. The embassy says none of its staff was injured.

It said police were called and quickly blocked the suspect vehicle, but the driver hit the ambassador's auto again.

A huge police cordon is in place in Holland Park with one man, aged in his 40s, arrested over the drama this morning.

The drama, in Holland Park's "Millionaire's Row", began after a man in a silver Mercedes drove into the official vehicle used by Natalia Galibarenko, who has represented Kiev in the United Kingdom since 2015.

Witnesses say they heard approximately 10 shots fired.

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London Metropolitan Police said "armed and unarmed officers were deployed" to the scene at 8:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) after "reports of a auto in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy".

'In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator's vehicle. So far, the suspect's motive remains unclear.

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

The vehicle, which a police source said was a Mercedes, appeared to have been backed into the black auto.

The black vehicle was heavily scuffed on its right-hand side.

Meanwhile, the directorate of professional standards, which investigates complaints against the professional conduct of officers in the Met, has been informed of the incident.