Attempted arrest for murder after police confront gunman in London | UK News

A man suspected of attempted murder has been arrested after Ministry of Defense officers were confronted near Buckingham Palace and government buildings in central London.

The Metropolitan Police said officers used a Taser during the incident on Horse Guards Parade at around 8.50am on Monday. The Met said no injuries were reported and the incident was not being treated as terrorism-related.

A man suspected of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon has been restrained and arrested and is being held at a central London police station.

Police forensic officers work in a cordoned off area of ​​Whitehall. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

The Met said an investigation into the incident had been opened and its officers were liaising closely with MoD police as it progressed. He appealed to all witnesses to come forward.

Horse Guards Parade stretches from Whitehall to St James Park and is a visitor attraction hosting the Trooping of the Color each year on the Queen’s official birthday in June.

Whitehall is home to several government departments, including the MoD and the Foreign Office. Downing Street, home to the Prime Minister, is next to Whitehall and close to Horse Guards Parade. BBC Radio London reported that Whitehall, which connects Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, was closed due to the incident, with buses diverted from the scene.