An “armed” man has been shot dead this afternoon in a dramatic stand-off with police in Kensington.
The Met Police say he had entered a bank and betting shop armed with a firearm at just after 3pm.
Some 15 minutes later, armed officers stopped a vehicle at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate, close to Hyde Park.
Shots were fired, with one witness telling MyLondon: “I was sitting having some coffee when I heard people yelling ‘show me your hands, show me your hands’ then the two or three loud bangs.
“I’m not sure how long after but they started doing compressions on the man on the ground next to what looked to be a cab.
“They continued doing compressions as the police started taping off the area saying that this was a crime scene and everyone needed to leave.”
The bank and betting shop entered by the “gunman” are near to Marloes Road, where police were called to, around a mile away from where the shooting took place.
The Met said they were unable to give further details about their specific location.
Police have refused to say whether the shots were fired by officers or if anything was stolen from the bank or betting shop.
Paramedics and an air ambulance crew were called to the scene, but the man could not be saved and was pronounced dead at 4.08pm.
Police say the incident has been referred to the IOPC and it is not being treated as terrorism.
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