Kensington: Police ‘shot man three times before dragging him out of taxi’

The moment a man is arrested by armed police on video (Image: Triangle News)

Eyewitnesses have described the moment a man in a taxi was shot dead by armed police in Kensington.

Officers opened fire near .’s home Prince William and Kate after shouting at a man ‘for about 10 seconds to get out of a black cab.

An unnamed witness told The Sun that police shot the man three times in the car.

He said: ‘He was shot in the car, then the police handcuffed him and searched him at the same time.

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‘He was bleeding from his mouth and it looked like he was trying to breathe. He was in the back of the taxi, as a passenger. ‘

Officers received reports that a man with a gun was seen in a bank and betting shop near Marloes Road in Kensington prior to Saturday’s shooting. city ​​police speak.

Another witness, also unnamed, told the Mirror he was driving through the area in Kensington Road on Saturday when he saw the incident take place and the man was pulled out of the Mercedes taxi.

He said: ‘I was driving past when I saw the police cut a black cab, so I turned the car around and when I got out of the car I saw the officer firing two shots and another shot three times later. or four seconds.

Witnesses said they saw police pulling a man out of a taxi (Image: PA)

‘I was standing about 20 meters away. I saw them drag him out of the black cab. They handcuffed him while he was on the floor. He struggled at the beginning, but they got him under control.

‘At that point, they realized he was either not breathing or having difficulty breathing so they quickly performed first aid and CPR. “

A firearm that was not issued by police was recovered from the scene and the Independent Office of Police Conduct has opened an investigation into what happened during the incident.

Another man said he heard police shouting before opening fire on the vehicle.

The incident happened close to Kensington Palace – where Prince William and Kate live (Image: PA)

Alexis, who did not want to give his last name, told the BBC: ‘They shouted ‘Police’ and then they shot twice at (Mercedes). There were two quick shots in a row. ‘

Alexis said he ran from the scene worried the lorry ‘could explode’ and heard a third gunshot as he did so.

In a statement on Sunday, the IOPC said: ‘At approximately 3:19pm yesterday (Saturday 12th December), police responded to reports of a man holding a gun on Marloes Road, W8 .

‘The man was seen getting into a car and armed police stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Kensington Road and Palace Gate.

‘Shots were fired and one man was wounded by bullets. The London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance were called but, despite the ambulance services’ best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘After being informed of the incident by the MPS (Capital Police Department), we sent investigators to the scene and the post-incident process to begin gathering evidence.

‘What appeared to be a gun not released by police was recovered from the scene. Our thoughts with everyone are affected. ‘

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