Officer ‘flabbergasted’ Usman Khan stored shifting after being shot in wake of London Bridge assault

Usman Khan killed two people in a terror attack at Fishmongers' Hall near London Bridge in 2019

2021-06-05 01:04:00

A senior police officer was “flabbergasted” that the Fishmongers’ Corridor killer was nonetheless shifting 10 minutes after he had been shot, he advised an inquest.

The inquest into the capturing was advised that six totally different firearms officers discharged a complete of 20 rounds at Usman Khan over the course of 10 minutes.

Khan had stabbed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, staff on a Cambridge College prisoner rehabilitation challenge at an occasion at Fishmongers’ Corridor, earlier than forcing his approach out on to London Bridge.

London terror attack victims
Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones

Officer KH16, a sergeant within the Metropolitan Police, was the tactical firearms commander on the bottom in the course of the response to the assault.

He arrived in a marked armed response automobile codenamed Trojan 3N, pushed by a colleague.

He heard on the police pursuit radio channel a message that stated: “Pictures fired, Trojan Metropolis, London Bridge.”

KH16 advised the inquest: “I noticed a person dressed all in black along with his toes in direction of the river and head to the kerb.”

He added: “I used to be approached by a Metropolis of London officer who stated phrases just like, ‘he is been shot, he is received a suicide vest’ and gave reference to a number of casualties in Fishmongers’ Corridor.”

Officer YX97, a constable within the Metropolis of London police, was within the second armed response automobile to reach, codenamed Trojan Metropolis Two.

He took up place on the steps of the Fishmongers’ Corridor and described how he noticed Usman Khan sit up.

The officer, who was wanting by means of his rifle sights, advised colleagues that Khan was “strapped up” that means he had an improvised explosive system.

Narwhal tusk found after London Bridge terror attack. Pic: Met Police
Khan was stabbed with a narwhal tusk by a member of the general public. Pic: Met Police

The officer advised the inquest: “He then sat up. At that time there I assumed, ‘we’re lifeless’.

“Because of the IED, this was the primary motion he had finished which was an motion somewhat than a response to being shot.”

They added: “I heard a shot go off in direction of him, my sight was on him, I heard one, possibly two, he hadn’t reacted after which I took a shot in direction of him

“I then took an aimed shot in direction of his head. I shot 4 photographs in whole in a number of seconds.

“It was fairly surreal. He put his hand as much as his head and appeared right down to see if there was any blood there and all I may assume was, ‘why aren’t you lifeless?'”

Shortly afterwards, Khan fell again, there was extra motion afterwards, and different photographs had been fired, the inquest was advised.

An officer codenamed WA30 was performing as “MXA Metro Alpha”, the obligation inspector and tactical firearms commander within the Metropolitan Police particular operations room in Lambeth.

They had been watching a reside video feed of occasions from a police helicopter.

Even after the capturing, Khan continued to maneuver and the officer advised the inquest: “I used to be flabbergasted that the person had been shot quite a few instances and it took some time for him to stop shifting.

Usman Khan pictured at Bank station in London before the attack
Usman Khan pictured at Financial institution station in London earlier than the assault

“He was shot numerous instances. Ultimately, very slowly, nothing such as you see on the flicks, he ceased shifting.

Khan’s final motion was at 2.12pm – 10 minutes after the primary shot and 25 seconds after the final.

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