Man shot by police in Sussex

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot by police in Sussex.

There was an exchange of shots outside a house in North Way, Seaford, during the early hours of this morning.

The 62-year-old local man has been taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with what are described as life-threatening injuries. On Sunday morning he was said to be stable, but in a critical condition.

Two police officers were also slightly injured during the incident, but these were not gunshot wounds.

A shotgun has been recovered from the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has taken over the investigation into the shooting.

Armed police officers were called to address, at 7.10pm last night following a report of a domestic incident involving firearms.

A woman left the house safely a short time later. Police negotiators talked with the man for several hours, but shortly before 1am on Sunday morning, he left the house and shots were exchanged with armed officers from Surrey and Sussex Tactical Firearms Unit.

The man appeared to be wounded, but went back into the house. Officers then reacted as swiftly and as safely as possible to enter the house and adminster first aid before he was taken to hospital.

Ch Insp Jayne Dando said: "We did advise local residents to remain indoors while the incident was under way, but I would like to stress that there was little danger to the neighbouring community and this was kept to the absolute minium.

"To contain the situation effectively it was necessary to deploy a police helicopter for some considerable time and I should like to apologise to Seaford residents who may have been disturbed by what was an essential need.

"I should also like to thank the head teacher of a local school who opened up the building to act as a rendezvous point for emergency services and also to provide shelter to a few local residents who were returning home, but unable to gain access to their houses for a little while."

There is a large police presence at the shooting scene in Seaford Credit: ITV Meridian