Man shot dead by police in Romford

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Image caption The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) says investigators spent the morning at the scene in Romford.

A man believed to be in his 40s has been shot dead by police in east London, Metropolitan Police say.

He was said to be making threats in the Collier Row area of Romford, claiming he had a gun.

He was shot by officers at about 04:45 BST and was pronounced dead at 05:17, according to the Met.

The shooting has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as well as to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

Local resident Angela Dorman was heading to work when she saw a “large police cordon” and “lots of police sirens”.

“As I got to the Esso garage I could see white tarpaulin covering something, there were also gloves and tissues lying on the ground,” she said.

“I could see one police officer standing on the garage’s concourse.”

Two gunshots

Forensics officers could be seen moving a tent on to the Esso petrol station on Collier Row Road shortly before 11:00 BST.

Tracy Green, 39, who lives around 100 yards from the station, said she was woken up by two gunshots.

She said: “I was just turning over and heard ‘bang, bang’ and thought ‘oh that sounded like gunshots’.

“It’s crazy really. It’s too close to home.”

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Image caption The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) says investigators spent the morning at the scene in Romford.

Her neighbour Darren Buckley, 50, said he saw at least two ambulances and several police vehicles when he went outside.

He added: “I didn’t hear gunshots, but seeing all the vehicles I thought it was a car crash or something, seeing all the blue lights.

“I saw an ARV (armed response vehicle) race away as well.”

The IOPC confirmed it has launched its own investigation into the fatal shooting.

A spokesman added: “Our investigators have been deployed to the scene and post-incident procedure to begin inquiries.”

Image copyrightAngela Dorman
Image caption The Met Police claims the man was ‘making threats’ and said he had a gun

London Ambulance Service sent two ambulance crews, two single responders and two incident responders to the scene, while the air ambulance also dispatched a road vehicle in a bid to save the man.

Transport for London (TfL) says road closures around Collier Row Road, Lodge Lane and Melville Road remain in place.

So far this year, the IOPC has begun several separate investigations into actions involving the Met Police.

These include a 21-year-old man who was shot at 13 times in Hackney; an officer who was filmed “striking a man during a political protest” and two people who died while in police custody.

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