Police shoot member of the public in Ghent

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.