Two in court after police shooting

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Two men are to appear in court later today after a suspected armed robber was shot and seriously injured by police.

Richard Walsh, 25, from Oldham and Jonathon Walsh, 21, of Manchester, were held after a pre-planned police operation targeting armed robberies, in Haslingden, Lancs, on Friday night.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police's Serious and Organised Crime Group and armed officers took part in the incident, near a Co-op Supermarket in the town.

Police fired a number of shots and the two suspects were held along with the injured man.

Both suspects have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place.

The injured man, 29, was taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable. He has also been placed under arrest.

The two others are due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was immediately informed and is handling the investigation into the shooting.