Knifeman shot dead by police in central London after ‘threatening officers with two 10-inch blades’ is named as 30-year-old
- Hassan Yahya was killed in Westminster last weekend after Tasers were fired
- The 30-year-old did not stop for police and was carrying two knives, IOPC says
- Incident has not been treated as terror-related, police watchdog confirms
- The IOPC has not informed next-of-kin, and inquest date has not been set
A knifeman shot dead in central London last weekend after he allegedly threatened officers with twin 10-inch blades has been named by the police watchdog.
Hassan Yahya, 30, was killed in Westminster on Sunday night after three Tasers were fired in an incident which has not been treated as terror-related.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct, which is investigating the shooting, believes the victim had run over Hungerford Bridge into Northumberland Avenue.
Wielding two large blades, Yahya was shot by City of London Police responding to an emergency call at around 11.30pm on the South Bank.
A knifeman shot dead in central London last weekend after he allegedly threatened officers with twin 10inch blades has been named by the police watchdog
Forensic officers are pictured above on the scene where a man was tasered before he was shot dead by police in Westminster, London last weekend (March 9, 2020)
Hassan Yahya was killed in Westminster on Sunday night after three Tasers were fired in an incident which has not been treated as terror-related (police in Whitehall, March 9)
The IOPC said police at the scene of the incident had recorded body-cam video. The footage has been passed to investigators, along with CCTV.
Full statement by the Independent Office for Police Conduct
Our investigators attended the scene of the shooting and the police post-incident procedure.
They have obtained accounts from officers on the scene and gathered CCTV and body-worn video footage.
The investigation is at an early stage and we are still gathering information.
The coroner has been informed, a post-mortem examination carried out and we are awaiting the results.
It said it was awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination, and was yet to inform the man’s next-of-kin. An inquest date has not yet been set.
IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: ‘It’s important we establish exactly what happened. We’ve already gathered a substantial amount of evidence, including CCTV and officers’ body-worn video, which will be carefully analysed by our investigators.’
Yahya acted suspiciously near the Royal Festival Hall, where he was cautioned by two Ministry of Defence police officers.
He did not stop, and they radioed for back-up after firing one Taser.
Metropolitan Police fired another Taser when he entered Northumberland Avenue. A third was fired before he was shot dead by a City of London officer.
Yahya was carrying two knives, recovered from Great Scotland Yard – a road connecting Whitehall and Northumberland Avenue, by Trafalgar Square.
In terms of armed officers, the nearby area between Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament is the most heavily-covered part of the UK.
No police officers or members of the public were injured during the incident.
IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: ‘It’s important we establish exactly what happened. We’ve already gathered a substantial amount of evidence, including CCTV and officers’ body-worn video, which will be carefully analysed by our investigators’