Man held after shots fired at police in Belfast

PSNI | Polizia | Police

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after shots were fired at a police car in north Belfast on Christmas Day.

Police had responded to a report of a man being assaulted in the Highfern Gardens area at around 9.40pm.

Officers were in the process of locating the alleged attacker in the Heath Lodge Close area, when he is believed to have come out of a house and pointed a gun at a police car before opening fire.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder, common assault, threats to kill and possession of a firearm and a gun and ammunition were recovered in a search.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “Last night’s incident underlines the risks police officers face 365 days a year working to keep people safe.”

“Fortunately the officers in the car weren’t hurt, but we could have been looking at a very different situation this morning.

“I would like to take this opportunity to put on record my appreciation for the courage and professionalism of the officers and would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.”