EXCLUSIVE: FOUR UVF suspects were arrested after they went looking for ‘Russians’ at a house in south Belfast.
Detectives have been told the UVF suspects were shouting ‘we are after the Russians’ when they banged on a house door.
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.
However, it is now believed this was an accidental discharge.
As a result, four men in the car – believed by police to be members of the UVF – were arrested.
They were whisked away to the serious crime suite in Antrim for questioning about the incident.
The Police Ombudsman is now investigating after a PSNI officer drew his gun and fired a shot.
The Ombudsman has appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.
During the security and arrest operation, police closed the Donegall Road between the City Hospital and Roden Street.