A MAN has been shot dead by cops near Kensington Palace after he reportedly entered a bank and bookmakers with a gun.
The Metropolitan Police said they were alerted to reports of a man with a firearm entering the buildings earlier today near to Marloes Road in Kensington, West London.
Cops scrambled to the scene – just minutes from Kensington Palace
Police were called to the incident in West London
Loud bangs were heard earlier this afternoon, just yards from Kensington Palace after police were scrambled to the scene.
Cops flooded the streets with blue lights as they responded to the incident at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate in London this afternoon.
The force said the man was then seen to get into a vehicle and leave the area.
At 3.19pm, armed officers stopped a vehicle at the junction.
A spokesperson for the Met said: “Shots were fired and a man sustained gunshot wounds.
“The London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance were called and the man was treated at the scene.
“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at 16:08hrs.”
Efforts are under way to confirm the man’s identity and to inform his next of kin.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The force confirmed the incident is not being treated as terrorism.
An eyewitness who said they saw the horrific scenes unfold claims cops dragged the suspect from a cab after he was shot, before handcuffing and searching him.
He told The Sun: “He was shot in the car, then police handcuffed him and searched him at the same time.
“He was bleeding from his mouth and it looked like he was struggling to breathe.
The eyewitness added: “He was in the back of a cab, as a passenger, the police pulled in front of the car and forced it to stop.
“They shouted at him for about ten seconds to get out, saying ‘hands up’ and whatnot – it looked like he wasn’t listening to them.
“And then they just went bang, bang, bang.”
THREE LOUD BANGS
A passerby told MyLondon that they saw paramedics giving “chest compressions to at least one person,” and another eyewitness described hearing “three loud bangs”.
It is thought at least five police vehicles and one unmarked car were at the scene, where a heavy police presence remains.
The incident is understood to have taken place just one street away from Kensington Palace, which is home to Prince William, Kate and their three children.
A number of road closures are in place in the area and cordons are understood to be in place.
A number of police cordons were put in place along Kensington High Street, and police officers were keeping guard at the largest cordon between a Starbucks and a building named Broadwalk House.
Around 10 police vehicles were place around the cordon.
A tent was erected in the middle of a cordon in Kensington High Street.
It was placed next to a black car and is surrounded by one unmarked police car and three patrol vehicles.
Members of the public are being diverted away from the cordon through Kensington Gardens.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said crews were called at 3.23pm to reports of a shooting.
“We sent an ambulance, an incident response officer, a tactical response unit, a motorcycle response unit and an advanced paramedic. The London Air Ambulance car also responded,” they said.
“We treated a man on scene, who unfortunately died.”
The IOPC confirmed it has begun an investigation following the incident.
“After being notified of the incident by the MPS, we sent investigators to the scene and the post-incident procedure to start gathering evidence,” a spokesperson said.
Despite medics’ best efforts, the man couldn’t be saved
A number of nearby roads are closed, according to police
People nearby said they heard ‘three loud bangs’
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