Police shoot knifeman ’4 times’ after Taser fails to subdue him
20 Feb 2012
A man was today fighting for his life in hospital after being shot by police.
The victim was said to have threatened police with “a large bladed weapon” before being struck with Taser guns and firearms.
He was believed to have been trying to break into a car in Forest Hill when unarmed officers arrived at the scene.
He approached them with the weapon before armed officers were deployed in the early hours of yesterday, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
Witnesses told how the victim was shot four times after Tasers failed to incapacitate him.
One unnamed 45-year-old man said: “There was some shouting then two shots, then some more shouting, another shot, then more shouting and a fourth shot.
“I had just got up to make a cup of tea when I first heard the shouting. It was the police shouting “Get on the floor! Put it down! Put it down. Get on the floor’.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation. The Met spokesman said local officers first arrived in Elsinore Road to reports of a man trying to break into a car. After he approached them with a weapon, they retreated and called for further units to attend, including firearms officers.
The man, in his early twenties and originally from Ghana, then approached armed officers in nearby Stanstead Road, before being shot.
A number of knives were said to have been recovered from the scene. The IPCC said the man was being treated at King’s College Hospital and was “critical but stable”.
IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin added: “This young man is receiving medical attention and his condition is described as critical. His family have been informed and have been taken to the hospital so that they can be close to him.”