Officer ‘flabbergasted’ Usman Khan kept moving after being shot in wake of London Bridge attack
A senior police officer was “flabbergasted” that the Fishmongers’ Hall killer was still moving 10 minutes after he had been shot, he told an inquest.
The inquest into the shooting was told that six different firearms officers discharged a total of 20 rounds at Usman Khan over the course of 10 minutes.
Khan had stabbed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, workers on a Cambridge University prisoner rehabilitation project at an event at Fishmongers’ Hall, before forcing his way out on to London Bridge.
Officer KH16, a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police, was the tactical firearms commander on the ground during the response to the attack.
He arrived in a marked armed response vehicle codenamed Trojan 3N, driven by a colleague.
He heard on the police pursuit radio channel a message that said: “Shots fired, Trojan City, London Bridge.”
KH16 told the inquest: “I saw a man dressed all in black with his feet towards the river and head to the kerb.”
He added: “I was approached by a City of London officer who said words similar to, ‘he’s been shot, he’s got a suicide vest’ and gave reference to multiple casualties in Fishmongers’ Hall.”
Officer YX97, a constable in the City of London police, was in the second armed response vehicle to arrive, codenamed Trojan City Two.
He took up position on the steps of the Fishmongers’ Hall and described how he saw Usman Khan sit up.
The officer, who was looking through his rifle sights, told colleagues that Khan was “strapped up” meaning he had an improvised explosive device.
The officer told the inquest: “He then sat up. At that point there I thought, ‘we’re dead’.