Police shoot member of the public in Ghent

It was around 7PM that the shooting occurred.

An Schoonjans of the public prosecutor’s office: “It’s standard procedure: two investigations are underway: one into what led to the police intervention and a second into the shooting itself”.

Police received several calls ahead of the incident.

There is speculation that a man had taken a woman hostage.

Police are still to identify the victim.

The scene of the shooting has been cordoned off and a weapons expert is examining it.

The police watchdog Committee P will investigate police action.

It still has to be established whether the police officer was in his right and was defending himself or others.