A GUNMAN was shot three times by police officers after they were called to his home in Seaford, it has been confirmed.
Paul Allwright was hit twice in the torso and once in the leg after police were called to North Way on Saturday September 14. Four baton rounds were also discharged.
Residents were woken by gunfire and helicopters during the incident, which Sussex Police are treating as an attempted murder of police officers.
Police officers were called to a ‘domestic incident’ at about 7.10pm. A woman left the house safely a short time later.
Mr Allwright, 62, was wounded after exchanging fire with armed officers shortly before 1am.
He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and is in a medically-induced coma where his condition is described as critical but stable.
The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin said, “This matter was referred to the IPCC in the early hours of Sunday morning and we immediately sent investigators to the incident.
“At this stage we can confirm that the man was shot three times by Sussex police officers, twice in the torso and once in the leg. Four baton rounds were also discharged.
“A shotgun was recovered from the scene and an initial ballistics report indicates that one shot was fired from it.
“The police officers involved have provided the IPCC with their initial accounts of the incident and our investigators have spent the last few days obtaining statements from witnesses.
“Our investigation, which is in the very early stages, will scrutinise the actions and decision making of Sussex Police, including the initial 999 call, the deployment of armed officers and the negotiation process over a number of hours leading up to and including the shooting.
“An IPCC family liaison manager is in contact with the man’s family.”