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25 January 2018, 10:25 | Updated: 25 January 2018, 10:26
A man has suffered life-changing injuries after firing a gun in Newcastle.
Benfield Road has been blocked off since last night (24/1).
Police were sent to the scene after reports of concern for his welfare.
The police watchdog will now investigate.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At about 8.25pm yesterday officers were deployed to Benfield Road in Newcastle after receiving a report of concern for a male.
“During the incident, the 50-year-old man discharged a firearm.
“He was taken to hospital with what are described as life changing but non-life threatening injuries.
“No-one else was injured and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
“As is standard practice with such incidents, a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”