A suspected hostage was rescued by armed police officers in Kenton this morning after cops shot out the wheels of a car believed to have been used in a kidnapping.
Specialist officers rounded on the blue Skoda early this morning before rescuing a hostage from Glenalmond Road.
Police confirmed the Met's Kidnap Unit was investigating.
A spokesman said: "Specialist Firearms Officers assisted to gain access to 6 Glenalmond Road and to stop to vehicles in the vicinity.
"The hostage, a man in his mid-20s was safely rescued an has received medical attention for minor injuries.
"Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries continue."
One eyewitness, who asked not to be named, watched the scenes unfold from his house in Kenton this morning.
He said: "There were about 50 policeman swarming through the streets and when I saw the guns I was really scared.
"I heard about four or five gunshots, I couldn't believe it.
"I have lived here for nearly 40 years and I have never seen anything like it before."
The 63-year-old also told the Observer that he believed the house had been occupied by a couple with two young children and had only moved in three months ago.
Police will not confirm whether the incident was linked to an earlier attempted robbery at a branch of Natwest in Kingsbury.