Police shoot member of the public in Ghent Author: CDC

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Tue 05/06/2018 - 10:04 CDC Police shot a man out on the street in Ghent last night. The victim is in a critical condition. Ghent detectives are establishing what exactly happened.

It was around 7PM that the shooting occurred. An Schoonjans of the public prosecutor’s office: "It's standard procedure: two investigations are underway: one into what led to the police intervention and a second into the shooting itself”.

Police received several calls ahead of the incident. There is speculation that a man had taken a woman hostage. Police are still to identify the victim. The scene of the shooting has been cordoned off and a weapons expert is examining it. The police watchdog Committee P will investigate police action. It still has to be established whether the police officer was in his right and was defending himself or others.