The police watchdog has opened an investigation after a man in his 20s was shot dead in a chase in south London.
Armed police officers chased a “suspicious vehicle” before police “crashed” the car. at Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, around 9.51pm last night.
The man then suffered a gunshot wound after special officers fired on the vehicle, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Officers provided first aid at the scene before the man was taken to hospital, but he was pronounced dead just after midnight.
The Met referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after the shooting, while police lines still exist around the scene today.
A 39-year-old man who lives on New Park Road and asked not to be named said: “The (driver) drove up New Park Road and turned into Kirkstall Gardens. A police car came down Kirkstall Gardens and collided with him.
A top view of the scene at Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, today after Monday night’s shooting
A forensic scientist is working in a large police cordon around the shooting in south London on Tuesday
The Met referred itself to the Independent Bureau of Police Conduct after the shooting. Pictured: A coroner at the scene of the crime
A blue tent erected today in the south London police cordon where a man was shot dead by officers
‘Another police car came in behind him and they locked him up at the end of Kirkstall Gardens. The car was motionless when he was shot.’
He added: “The bang was really loud. I was in my house with my gaming headphones and heard it.
A woman who lives in Kirkstall Gardens and wished to remain anonymous added: “I heard a big bang and then I came outside. From inside I could see flashing lights and a helicopter. There were many policemen.
“It looked like someone was lying on the floor trying to take care of the person. I’ve been living here for a year or so and I’ve never experienced anything like this.
A second man, who lives on the street, said: “I heard what sounded like a gunshot or two and then a lot of commotion. I saw a couple of police cars and then the hustle and bustle passed pretty quickly.”
Streatham Hill residents claimed officers resuscitated the suspect after the shooting.
A statement from the IOPC said: “The IOPC has launched an independent inquiry into an incident involving firearms officers from the Metropolitan Police in Lambeth, south London, last night.
“At this early stage, a man is believed to have been fatally shot while police were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle.
“We were informed of the incident by the MPS just after 11pm and announced an independent investigation just before midnight.
“IOPC investigators were dispatched to the crime scene and incident follow-up to begin collecting evidence.
“Our thoughts and sympathy are with everyone affected by this terrible incident. Our investigation is still at a very early stage.’
A Met spokesman said: “At 9.51pm on Monday 5 September, specialized firearms officers pursued a suspicious vehicle in the Lambeth area.
“The vehicle was stopped after a tactical contact at Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill. A police gun was fired.
“One occupant of the suspect vehicle – a man believed to be in his 20s – suffered a gunshot wound.”
The Met statement continued: “London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance have been requisitioned. Officers administered first aid prior to their arrival and the man was taken to the hospital, where he died at 12:16 am.
“An investigation is underway to notify his next of kin. Barriers and road closures are in place.
The Met added: Officers administered first aid prior to their arrival and the man was taken to hospital, where he died at 12.16am
The vehicle was stopped after a tactical contact at Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill. A police firearm was confirmed to have been fired
“As required by protocol, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was contacted and they notified the Independent Bureau of Police Conduct, which has launched an independent investigation.
“Investigations into the exact circumstances are ongoing.”
It comes after a man was shot dead in the High Street Kensington in the early hours of Sunday.
Maximillian Kusi-Owusu, a drill rapper known as M Lo, was shot around 2 a.m. Sunday and given first aid by officers who were called to the scene, but was pronounced dead at 5:32 a.m.
Tributes were paid to the rapper, who has been described as “extremely talented” and energetic.
A man was arrested in connection with the shooting but was released on bail yesterday.