FOUR SUSPECTS HELD OVER SOUTH BELFAST SHOOTING BID

Security operation in south Belfast on Wednesday night in which four men were arrested

Security operation in south Belfast on Wednesday night in which four men were arrested

FOUR men are in custody following a security operation in south Belfast.

During the incident on Wednesday night, an officer drew his gun and fired a warning shot into the air during the arrest operation.

According to the PSNI, officers received a “telephone call” claiming a number of men were trying to force their way into a house in south Belfast.

The report claimed a gun was produced during the attempted break-in.

During a follow up operation, an PSNI Armed Response Vehicle (ARV)  chased a car along the Donegall Road.

The police car intercepted the fleeing vehicle by cutting across it and forcing it up onto the pavement.

It was then an armed cop drew a firearm and fired a shot into the air.

As a result, four men in the car – believed by police to loyalist paramilitaries – were arrested and taken into custody for questioning.

Detectives are trying to establish a motive for the incident.

The Police Ombudsman is now investigating after a PSNI officer drew his gun and fired a warning shot.

During the security and arrest operation, police closed the Donegall Road between the City Hospital and Roden Street.

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