No police officer has been injured in a street shooting in Merseyside, police have confirmed.
It had been reported that an officer needed medical treatment after being hurt at the scene in Shellingford Road, Dovecot.
Armed police were said to have surrounded a house earlier today.
In a statement, Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm that no police officer was injured during the injury shooting that occurred in Dovecot earlier today."
Neighbours said they heard a number of gunshots and then saw police enter the house.
Later a person was taken out of the address on a stretcher and put in an ambulance, according to reports.
One man told BBC Radio Merseyside that an armed response unit was at the scene at about 9am and then 30 minutes later he heard shooting as officers scaled down roofs.
He said: "I seen the man at the window. He was holding a knife to his wife's throat and they were trying to calm him down, negotiate with him - he was shaking his head at them. The woman came out and the police got her out and the police moved in with the guns.
"I heard shots fire - about 10. There was more after that. It looked like he ran away from them. It went quiet and then I heard more shots fired."
The scene has been cordoned off with forensic officers on site.