Friday, July 22, 2005

This makes me more than a little uneasy

From the Daily Mail report on the incident this morning in which police shot and killed a suspected bomber on a Tube train:

Witness Mark Whitby, speaking to BBC News 24, reported the man was shot five times at close range after he had jumped on a train.

Mr Whitby said he was sitting on the Tube train reading his paper as it was stationary with its doors open in Stockwell station.

He said he heard people shouting "get down, get down!"

He said: "An Asian guy ran on to the train. As he ran, he was hotly pursued by what I knew to be three plainclothes police officers."

He tripped and was also pushed to the floor and one of the officers shot him five times.

"One of the police officers was holding a black automatic pistol in his left hand. They held it down to him and unloaded five shots into him. I saw it. He's dead, five shots, he's dead."

He reported the man did not seem to be carrying a weapon or wearing a rucksack.

There were unconfirmed reports that police believe the suspect was one of the attackers involved in yesterday's incidents.

So, let me get this straight, a possibly unarmed guy was running away from people in plainclothes with guns? I sure hope he was a terrorist and not someone running because he just shoplifted a pack of Mach3 razors from Boots.

[Update: Sky News now reporting that the man shot dead wasn't one of the suspects in the attempted bombing incidents yesterday. They're citing unidentified police sources. Oh, boy.]

[Update2: The Financial Times is reporting today that the police have had to make a difficult admission:
The man shot dead in south London on Friday is not connected to attempted terror attacks on the capital, said police. The statement came as it emerged that police have been given secret new shoot-to-kill guidelines in recent weeks.

“For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets,” said a spokesman.]
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