Woman held hostage taken to hospital with serious injuries Kent home, the eyewitness said.
Locals said gunshots were heard after armed police broke into the terraced house. dartford.
Police said they went to the Priory Road home with trained negotiators at 12:40 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of “interference”.
Witnesses described how police blocked roads and ordered people to stay inside their homes before officers broke down the front door to the property and entered.
After an hour-long standoff, there was “pandemonium” and neighbors heard what they described as sounding like two gunshots.
The home remained under lockdown and a forensic team was seen entering the premises late Saturday night.
A police spokesperson said:
“Police officers and trained police negotiators were present and attempted to engage the men in the address.
“Then a man and a woman were taken to a London hospital with serious injuries.
“Officers remain at the scene and an investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
Witnesses who live nearby said the woman was “taken hostage” by a man behind the building.
One woman, who did not want to be named, described the scene as “horrifying.”
“I was at home and my husband and two girls couldn’t get home.
“I went outside and they said, ‘Come back. You have to stay indoors.’
“I went to the garden where I could see more.”
About an hour after police entered the premises, she said gunshots were heard before people were carried off on stretchers.
“It was chaos,” she said. “I heard her shoot five times. We paused and then she fired five more times.”
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