Woman, 36, dies after being shot during ‘hostage situation’ in Dartford

Police officers at the scene in Dartford on Saturday  (Joseph Draper / PA Wire)
Police officers at the scene in Dartford on Saturday (Joseph Draper / PA Wire)

A woman has died after being shot during a suspected hostage situation in Dartford, Kent on Saturday afternoon.

The 36-year-old victim died of her injuries, believed to have been caused by a handgun, in hospital on Monday evening, said Kent Police.

The incident is now being treated as a murder investigation.

Armed police swooped on a property in Priory Road, Dartford at 12.40pm after being called to a disturbance.

A trained police negotiator attempted to engage with a man inside the address.

While police were at the scene, the victim suffered injuries “believed to have been caused by a handgun” and she was taken to a London hospital.

The man, aged 29, was also taken to hospital with a firearms injury and he remains in a critical condition.

Kent Police said he is being treated as the suspect.

An investigation is being led by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

No Kent police weapons were fired, the force has previously said. Because of police being at the scene at the time of the injuries, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

One witness, who wished not to be named, earlier described the scene as “chilling” and said it was “pandemonium”.

“I was in the house and my husband and two girls were out – they couldn’t get back home. I went out and was told ‘get back – you must stay indoors,” she told the PA news agency.

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is being asked to call Kent Police on 01474 366149, quoting reference 46/80922/23.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 5551111 or by using the online form on their website.