Man dies after being shot in police confrontationon December 11, 2021 at 6:42 pm

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Officers are responding to an incident in Kensington but it is not terror-related, police say.

Photograph of the scene on Saturday night

A man has died after an incident involving armed police in west London.

Officers had been responding to reports of a man with a firearm entering a bank and bookmakers in Kensington before stopping a vehicle at about 15:20 GMT, Met Police said.

An eyewitness told the BBC they saw police shooting at a taxi.

The force said shots were fired and a man sustained gunshot wounds and died at the scene. It said the incident was not being treated as terrorism.

There was “no risk to the public”, it said.

Alexis, who did not want to give his surname, told the BBC he saw police with assault rifles surround a black taxi and shoot at it.

He said: “They shouted ‘police’.

“And then they shot twice at the taxi.

“There were two shots in quick succession.”

Police said a man was seen entering a bank and bookmakers in Marloes Road, Kensington, at about 15:05.

He was then seen to get into a vehicle and leave the area.

The force said the vehicle was stopped by armed officers about 15 minutes later, at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate, before shots were fired.

London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance were called to the scene, but the shot man was pronounced dead at 16:08.

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