Officers in Hackney have been praised for their bravery after they were threatened with a gun while investigating a suspicious vehicle.
At around 20:25hrs on Monday, 16 January officers on routine enquiries in the borough saw a vehicle parked in Portland Rise, Hackney, N4.
As they approached, a man got out and walked off at speed.
Believing this to be suspicious, the officers drew closer in their marked police car. There were several people inside, including the driver who began throwing objects, hitting the police vehicle.
The occupants then got out of the car and made off.
As the two officers got out of their vehicle they were confronted by the driver who pulled out a handgun, pointing it at them and threatening to shoot them.
The officers backed away, requesting assistance from specialist firearms officers.
The man then got back into his car and made off.
Armed officers attended the scene, located the suspect vehicle and pursued. A short time later the suspect vehicle collided with some parked cars in Seven Sisters Road, close to the junction with Hornsey Road, and the man decamped on foot.
The vehicle was searched and a handgun recovered. No arrests have been made, and officers are now carrying out enquiries to identify and trace the men.
Hackney Borough Commander Simon Laurence said:
"Officers across the Met have to deal with these types of situations day in day out across London and I commend my officers for their courageous actions.
"Acting on instinct when approaching the suspicious car, they were then confronted by an armed suspect. They put themselves in harm's way to protect the public and have helped take a dangerous firearm off the streets.
"We are actively pursuing the armed man and the other suspects, and we would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident."
Three of the suspects are described as black males. One was a white male wearing grey tracksuit bottoms.
Detectives from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command investigate.
If you have any information that can assist the investigation, call 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.