LONDON (AP) — Britain’s police watchdog said on Tuesday it was opening an independent investigation after a man was shot dead in London following a police chase.
Metropolitan Police said armed officers chased a ‘suspicious vehicle’ in south London on Monday night, and ended the chase by making ‘tactical contact’ – or deliberately colliding with a car to arrest him – in a residential area of Streatham Hill.
A man in the suspect vehicle, believed to be in his 20s, was shot dead. Police said he received first aid from officers at the scene, but later died in hospital.
The circumstances of the lawsuit were not immediately clear.
Local residents reported hearing loud gunfire and a police helicopter hovering overhead.
“I was in bed and heard what sounded like two gunshots in quick succession and then saw flashing lights through the curtains,” said Rachel Cook, who lived nearby. “It’s a very quiet residential street and people are very shaken up about it.”
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it declared an independent investigation, as is customary after a police shooting. Investigators were sent to the scene to collect the first evidence.
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