Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman was fatally shot by police in the neck and abdomen, an inquest was told today.
Amman, 20, was wearing a hoax suicide vest when he was shot dead by armed cops after he stabbed two people in broad daylight on Streatham High Road, south London on February 2.
Moments earlier he had stole a kitchen knife with a 20 centimetre blade from a discount hardware store.
He was subsequently shot by surveillance officers, who were monitoring him, outside a Boots store, the inquest opening at Southwark Coroner’s Court was told.
Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman was killed after being shot in the neck and abdomen, an inquest has heard
The officers approached Amman and saw what appeared to be a suicide belt strapped around him.
Specialist officers were called in to examine the vest and it was later confirmed to be a hoax device.
Amman had been released a week before after serving half of his sentence of a three years and four months jail sentece for terror offences.
Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Gosling, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: ‘On Sunday February 2nd Mr Sudesh Amman was the subject of covert armed surveillance by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service.
‘At 1.22pm he left his approved premises in Streatham and made his way on foot to Streatham High Road via Sunnyhill Road.
‘At 1.56pm Amman entered the ‘Low Price Store’ – a general household and hardware goods store situated at 238 Streatham High Rd, SW16.
‘Approximately 60 seconds after entering the shop Amman grabbed a kitchen knife with a 20cm blade from a display and ran out of the shop pulling the knife from its packaging.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating how counter-terrorism officers came to shoot the Amman, 20, after he stabbed two bystanders on Streatham High Road on February 2
‘As Amman ran north along Streatham High Rd he used the knife to stab two members of the public near the White Lion public house.
‘Amman continued running in the same direction along Streatham High Road and was subsequently shot by armed surveillance officers at 1.58pm outside Boots the chemist situated at 206 – 208 Streatham High Road.
‘The officers approached Amman and saw what appeared to be a suicide vest strapped around him. Because of this the officers withdrew and specialist officers were called in to examine the vest.
‘The device was later confirmed to be a hoax device. At 3.24pm paramedics pronounced life extinct.’