Man 'carrying two knives' shot dead by police in Westminster

9 March 2020, 05:26 | Updated: 9 March 2020, 05:46

Uniformed officers guard the scene in Westminster
Uniformed officers guard the scene in Westminster. Picture: PA

Armed police have shot a man dead in Westminster after he pulled out two knives when officers challenged him

Scotland Yard said officers were patrolling the area about 11.30pm on Sunday when they noticed the man acting suspiciously.

When challenged by police, the man produced two knives.

Armed police officers responded and used a Taser and police firearm.

London Ambulance Service attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene at Great Scotland Yard a short time later.

No police officers or members of the public were injured during the incident and a Met spokesperson said the incident was not being treated as terror related.

Uniformed officers manned cordons at Scotland Place, leading to Great Scotland Yard, and on parts of Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall nearest to Trafalgar Square.

The police watchdog, The Independent Office for Police Conduct said they have started an "independent investigation following an incident involving officers from the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police in Great Scotland Yard in Westminster, London WC2 around 11.25pm on Sunday 8 March."

The body said their investigators would attend the scene and start their investigation.