Knaphill man shot by Surrey Police admits BB gun charge

Police cordon in Knaphill The Independent Police Complaints Commission is still investigating the incident in Oak Tree Road, Knaphill

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A man who was shot by Surrey Police has pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Richard Pell, 41, of Oak Tree Road, Knaphill, also admitted communicating false information about a hoax bomb, at Guildford Crown Court.

Armed police shot Pell in Knaphill in July after reports that an armed man intended to harm himself and others.

Sentencing was adjourned until 23 November at the same court.

'Shot in hip'

Pell was shot at the scene of the incident in Oak Tree Road on 25 July.

Surrey Police said Pell was shot in the hip and was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting for treatment.

After the incident, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) began an investigation which is still ongoing.

At the time, IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin confirmed one round was fired by one officer resulting in Pell's injuries and hospitalisation.

He said a weapon was found at the scene and had been identified by a ballistics expert as a 6mm BB gun which had been painted black.

Mr Franklin said the IPCC inquiry would scrutinise all circumstances surrounding the police actions and decisions from the initial 999 calls to the shooting.

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