Usman Khan, a terrorist at Fishmongers’ Hall, was lawfully slain, according to an inquest.
An inquest jury has found that terrorist Usman Khan was lawfully killed on London Bridge by armed police after stabbing two Cambridge university graduates while wearing a fake suicide belt.
After strapping kitchen knives to his hands and attacking attendees at a prisoner education program in November 2019, the 28-year-old homegrown jihadi was finally killed down by an effective fire squad of armed policemen outside Fishmongers’ Hall.
Before being chased out of the hall and onto the bridge, he murdered Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, who had volunteered for the Learning Together education program.
Other attendees attempted to incapacitate Khan before armed cops came, striking him with a chair, a fire extinguisher, and even a narwhal tusk snatched from the walls of Fishmongers’ Hall.
Six Met and City of London police officers fired 20 shots at Khan, including 18 in a 90-second span after being ordered to fire a so-called “critical shot” amid worries he was ready to detonate his explosive device, resulting in multiple casualties, according to the inquiry.
Khan was hit by 12 of the 20 bullets, and a forensic pathologist determined that he died of a haemorrhage caused by several gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.
Following a two-week inquest at the City of London’s Guildhall, half a mile from where Khan died, jurors determined on Thursday that Khan had been lawfully slain by nameless police officers.
On the grounds that each of the police who shot Khan believed it was essential to do so to defend themselves and others, they were ordered to deliver a short form conclusion of lawful killing by coroner Mark Lucraft QC.
The jury concluded in a longer narrative that when the police shot Khan, they thought he was “trying to find a trigger” on a suicide vest, and that when they opened fire, they felt Khan was moving “to detonate the device.”