THIS was the tense moment when an officer pointed a gun at an alleged gunman’s head after he reportedly raided a bookie and a bank.
Police scurried down a street just away from William and Kate’s home in Kensington, West London, yesterday afternoon, where the man was shot dead.
Officers were called to reports of a man with a gun entering a bookie and a bank around Marloes Street in the capital yesterday.
Loud explosions were heard early yesterday afternoon, just meters from Kensington Palace after police are said to have fired multiple shots at the gunman in the back of a vehicle.
Authorities confirmed that despite their best efforts, the man could not be saved and died soon after.
Efforts are underway to confirm the man’s identity and notify his relatives.
Witnesses described hearing “three loud bangs” after a black vehicle was stopped by police at around 3:20pm yesterday at the junction.
Police flooded the streets with green lights as they responded to the incident at the intersection of Kensington Road and Palace Gate.
A witness who said they saw the gruesome scene unfolded police claimed that police pulled the suspect out of the taxi after he was shot, before handcuffing and searching him.
He told The Sun: “He was shot in the car, then the police handcuffed him and searched him at the same time.
“He had bleeding from his mouth and it looked like he was trying to breathe.
The witness added: “He was in the back of the taxi, as a passenger, the police stopped the car and forced it to stop.
“They yelled at him for about 10 seconds to get out, said ‘hands up’ and it was okay – he didn’t seem to be listening to them.
“And then they just explode, explode, bang.”
Katie Roberton, 40, is visiting the palace with her son. She said: “We heard these gunshots and I said to my son, ‘God, it sounds like gunfire.
“It’s not ‘bang, bang, bang’ but slower, all over in seven seconds.
“I stopped on my way, then we saw people running.
“It was really scary. I was with my son, so I had to keep him calm. We just got out of there as soon as possible.”
Other witnesses saw paramedics perform CPR on at least one person.
The Met Police said the incident was not related to terrorism and there was no risk to the public.
It has been forwarded to the police watchdog, the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).
A Met spokesman said: “Shots were fired and one man was injured by a gunshot.
“London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance were called and the man was treated at the scene.
“Despite the best efforts of emergency services, he was pronounced dead at 16:08hrs.”
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said crews were called at 3:23pm to reports of a shooting.
They said: “We have dispatched an ambulance, an incident response officer, a tactical response unit, a motorcycle response unit and an advanced paramedic. also responded”.
“We treated a man at the scene, who has unfortunately passed away.”
The IOPC confirmed it had begun an investigation following the incident.
“After being notified of the incident by MPS, we dispatched investigators to the scene and the post-incident process to begin gathering evidence,” a spokesperson said.
Several police posts have been set up along Kensington Street, and police officers are stationed at the largest post between the Starbucks and a building called Broadwalk House.
About 10 police cars were placed around the wire.
A tent has been set up in the middle of the fence at Kensington High Street.
It was placed next to a black car and surrounded by an unmarked police car and three patrol cars.
Members of the public are being redirected off the wire through Kensington Gardens.
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