Convicted terrorist Usman Khan was attending a prisoner rehabilitation workshop near London Bridge in November 2019 when he fatally stabbed two people and injured three others. Khan, who was wearing a suicide vest which turned out to be fake, was “neutralised” by armed police.
A jury at the inquest into the killing of convicted terrorist Usman Khan has ruled police were justified in shooting him because they genuinely thought he was wearing a “viable” suicide vest.
The jury returned a verdict of lawful killing at London’s Guildhall on Thursday, 10 June.
The jury ruled that when Khan sat upright after being shot twice and was told to stay still it was “interpreted as a move to detonate the device” and the officers were therefore legally within their rights to shoot him.
Last week a specialist firearms officer told the inquest of the moment when he first saw Usman Khan – who had just stabbed two people – wearing a suicide vest on London Bridge on 29 November 2019.
The officer, who testified anonymously, said he fired 10 shots at Khan, “neutralising” the threat.
Khan stabbed to death Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at the nearby Fishmongers’ Hall and was then chased out onto the bridge by several people from the Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation event.
The City of London Police firearms officer testified anonymously, using the codename WS5, and said he used his Heckler & Koch…