Man held over police shooting

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Detectives hunting a gunman who shot at two policemen have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

A 20-year-old man was held when armed officers swooped on a street in Rotherhithe, south east London, at 8pm last night.



The suspect was being held at a south London police station today where he will be questioned about the shooting, close to Waterloo railway station.



A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "A 20-year-old man was arrested at 8pm last night following a proactive police operation in Rotherhithe.



"He is currently in custody at a south London police station on suspicion of the attempted murder of two police officers.



"He is also being held on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm."



A man opened fire at two officers as he was chased along roads between Waterloo railway station and Southwark Underground station on 5 August.



Witnesses said the police dived for cover as the man turned and fired off two shots from a small black handgun.



There were initial fears that one of the officers was shot in the leg after he suffered a minor injury.



But police later confirmed he was not hit by a bullet and injured himself as he took cover.



The two uniformed Lambeth borough police constables were on patrol in a marked car when they tried to stop the suspect, who was wanted for aggravated burglary.