Jury backs police killing of London Bridge jihadi
By Rebecca Camber Crime and Security Editor
POLICE officers who fired 20 shots at Fishmongers’ Hall killer Usman Khan feared he was reaching for the trigger of a suicide belt, an inquest ruled yesterday. He was shot twice at close range by one officer but moments later strapped to his hands, killed Saskia sat up and yelled: ‘No, allahu Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, akbar!’. Five other officers then before being chased on to London fired 18 shots over 90 seconds, Bridge by others at the event who hitting him 12 times. tackled him with a fire extinguisher Yesterday the inquest jury ruled and a narwhal tusk. the convicted terrorist was Jurors concluded in a narrative lawfully killed by police on verdict: ‘Khan sat up London Bridge on November which was interpreted as a 29, 2019, after he move to detonate the stabbed two Cambridge device. ‘As a result, officers graduates at Fishmongers’ decided to take multiple Hall during a rehabilitation critical shots to neutralise event. this risk.’ Khan, 28, who was wearing A City of London officer a fake suicide vest and shouted, ‘He’s got a bomb!’ had kitchen knives as he tried to clear bystanders out of the way before shooting Khan. He told the inquest: ‘I thought we were going to die.’ Coroner Mark Lucraft QC had directed the jury to return a verdict of lawful killing and said officers had ‘all provided justifications in their evidence for why they fired’. Khan had been released on licence, after serving half of a 16year jail sentence for being part of a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange. He was supposed to be monitored by a multi-agency public protection arrangement, or Mappa, made up of prison, probation and police officers. It knew that Khan had spent his entire jail term trying to radicalise or forcibly convert other prisoners. But officials believed he had changed his ways and sanctioned his unescorted trip to London. After the hearing at the Guildhall in the City of London the coroner praised the ‘ remarkable courage’ of Steve Gallant, John Crilly, Darryn Frost and Lukasz Koczocik who tackled Khan before police arrived. He also said Mr Merritt and Miss Jones had demonstrated a ‘profound commitment to the good of society’.