A MAN has tonight been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers after a female constable was shot in Leeds.
James Leslie will appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court tomorrow in connection with the shooting on Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, yesterday.
The 37-year-old, of Cardigan Road, is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life; possession of a prohibited firearm, criminal damage and cannabis possession.
He has been remanded in custody.
The 33-year-old officer suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, to her face, neck and hand after a sawn-off shotgun was fired through a glass door.
She remains in hospital where her condition is said to be stable.
The policewoman, who has not been named, was gunned down as she attended what was described as a routine call about antisocial behaviour shortly after 3am yesterday.
A colleague who was with her was not injured.
West Yorkshire Police Federation said the injured officer was being supported by family and friends as she recovered following surgery.
Vice-chairman Ned Liddemore hailed the dedication of the emergency services following the incident – and directly thanked the public for its support.
He said: “Once again I would like to thank all the officers, staff and paramedics involved in this terrible incident for their extreme professionalism in the face of such circumstances.
“I would also like to thank the members of the public who assisted with information that led to the swift arrest of the suspect. Your messages of support on social media sites are most welcome.”