A woman has been shot and killed by armed police in Kent, the Independent Police Complaints Commission have said.
Kent Police were called after a 37-year-old woman with a gun was seen in the centre of Sevenoaks at 0120 BST.
Armed officers shot the woman who has not been identified. She was given first aid at the scene but pronounced dead.
Part of the centre of Sevenoaks including the bus station has been sealed off following the incident.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said that an investigation would be carried out.
Such a move is standard procedure when police officers are involved in a fatal shooting.
They then described hearing a loud bang.
Officers and forensic science experts have been searching an area surrounding a supermarket building in the centre of Sevenoaks.
A firearm was recovered at the scene.
IPCC commissioner Nicola Williams said: “I send my sympathies to the woman's family and friends and also the police officers concerned.
“Whenever there is a fatal shooting by police our independent investigators go to the incident immediately.”
The coroner has been informed.