Tanngrísnir (tanngrisnir) wrote in london_070705,
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Update on Stockwell tube train shooting

An eyewitness has said he saw armed men (plainclothes police?) pursue a man who looked like someone of Pakistani origin onto the train and fire five shots into him, almost certainly killing him.

The shooting of a man at Stockwell has been confirmed by the police. (BBC News 24)
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I was just about to post that. :)

There's more news on News 24 from eyewitnesses, the police aren't giving much information as yet.

I see BBC1 has switched programming to News 24 ATM, too.
Nothing yet on iTV though..
*grins* I don't have a TV at work, so I've just got the BBC news page being refreshed in the background, with radio 2 on.

Thanks for keeping us updated.
it's a bit worrying, one whitness statement says that the police had the man pinned to the ground before shooting him. i hope that this isn't true.
The language in it is quite emotive, as I'd guess it would be witnessing that, but I don't know how sure I am of eyewitness accounts to reporters.
If they shot him, they must have believed there was an imminent threat to life.
they have orders to shoot to kill now, preferably going for the central nervous system or the head. But at close range, 5 shots? Just to make sure?
It might have been more than one person shooting.
The eyewitnesses have spoken of three armed plainclothes policemen. Under those circumstances, I would have expected six shots, since (IIUC) armed police are trained always to fire two shots.

kraken_wakes

12 years ago

tanngrisnir

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haute_kitten

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tanngrisnir

12 years ago

haute_kitten

12 years ago

true enough
i would be very suprised if the police were given any orders to "shoot to kill" as the regulations state that the most they can do is incapacitate. This might sometimes involve killing of the suspect, but they should not intentially kill a subject when they have any other choice, and even then they can only shoot when they are sure that there is an imminent threat to human like.

lougarry

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londonbard

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tanngrisnir

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sybil_b

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haute_kitten

12 years ago

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They might be, but plainclothes police are allowed to carry firearms if circumstances require it.

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snowballjane

12 years ago