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Seaford man injured in shoot-out with Sussex Police
A 62-year-old man from Seaford is in hospital in Brighton after being injured in a shoot-out with police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating how he was shot in the early hours of this morning.
Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are investigating what they described as the attempted murder of police officers.
Armed officers were called to North Way, Seaford, at 7.10pm on Saturday.
Sussex Police said they received "a report of a domestic incident involving firearms". A woman left the house soon afterwards.
Sussex Police issued a statement saying: "Police negotiators engaged 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.
"He was 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 critical."
A shotgun has been recovered from the scene.
Two officers were injured in the operation but not by gunfire.
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."
Sussex Police's statement read: "Matters of this nature are always referred to the IPCC and are not indicative of any wrong doing on the part of Sussex Police, who welcome the outside scrutiny and will work fully to support the investigation."