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At around 1.20pm on Wednesday 12 August police were called to concerns for the safety of a man at an address in Runcorn.
Officers swiftly attended the scene and located the man at the Knoll.
During the incident a police firearm was discharged. The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, from Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public.
“Officers will remain in the area as we continue with our enquiries and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to an officer.
“In line with normal procedure, the incident has been referred to the Independent office for Police Conduct.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with any video footage, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 778324 or report using our website.