One of the premises targeted by an armed suspect shot dead by police over the weekend is a branch of Metro Bank, My London can reveal.
A man armed with a gun reportedly entered the Earl’s Court branch of Metro Bank on Saturday afternoon, as well as a nearby bookmaker.
Police were called after the man got into a taxi and left the area before armed police could intercept the taxi when it pulled up in Kensington Gardens, a stone’s throw from the Duke’s house and of the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Confirming the incident, a spokesperson for Metro Bank said: “The Metro Bank store in Earl’s Court was the target of an attack on Saturday 11th December.
“We can confirm that there were no casualties at the store and we are working closely with the authorities to assist them in their investigation.”
In a statement, Met Police said they were called at 3.04pm on Saturday December 11 to reports that an armed man entered the Earl’s Court branch of Metro bank and a bookmaker near Marloes Road, W8 .
He was then seen getting into a vehicle and leaving the scene.
At 3.19pm, armed cops stopped a black cab at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate, before residents said they heard ‘three shots’ as shots were fired and a man was injured.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed that three shots were fired by two police officers.
Despite the efforts of doctors, the man died at 4:08 p.m.
Police have confirmed that they are not treating the incident as terrorism-related.
What appeared to be a non-police firearm was recovered from the scene and will undergo forensic testing.
Speaking to MyLondon, Millie Kerr, 40, who has lived in the area for three-and-a-half years, said: “I wasn’t there when the incident happened, but I got out of my Uber and I started walking.
“I walked into the park and saw what I’m 95% sure was paramedics doing chest compressions to at least one person.
“It was next to a car, but I don’t think there was a car accident.
“The helicopter just left the area in the last five minutes.”
Another witness who chose to remain anonymous described hearing police officers yelling at the suspect.
They said: “I was in Hyde Park during the incident.
“I was sitting having coffee when I heard people shouting ‘show me your hands, show me your hands’ and then the two or three loud bangs.
“I don’t know how long after, but they started doing cuts on the man on the ground next to what appeared to be a taxi.
“They continued to cut back as police started recording the area saying it was a crime scene and everyone should leave and disperse to the park.”
As the suspect was shot dead by the police, the incident was referred to the IOPC Fund for investigation.
The IOPC Fund has confirmed that currently all officers are being treated as witnesses and are collecting body camera and CCTV footage.
The taxi driver whose taxi was stopped also provided a statement to the police.
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IOPC Fund Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “We have contacted the man’s family to explain our role and I send them my condolences on their loss.
“My thoughts are with everyone involved.
“Our investigations are at an early stage and we will be reviewing the body-worn video footage of the officers involved as part of our investigation.
“I can assure everyone that we will carefully examine the circumstances to establish what happened and why.”
An autopsy will take place tomorrow (December 16).
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