Police shoot dead crossbow-armed man who forced himself into house after stand-off where he threatened to hurt those inside

  • Police were called to a property in Bywater Place, Surrey Quays, at 4.55am
  • The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the incident

A man armed with a crossbow who forced himself into a house and threatened to harm the residents has died after being shot by police officers.

Police were called to a property in Bywater Place, Surrey Quays, at 4.55am to reports of a man, believed to be in his 30s, attempting to force entry into a residential building.

Officers attempted to speak to him but were threatened, leading to the arrival of police shooters shortly afterwards, who fired a firearm as the man entered the property.

Paramedics of the London Ambulance service immediately provided first aid but the man died at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to inform his next of kin and a police cordon has been set up around the scene.

Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the incident, in line with standard practice for a fatal police shooting.

Police were called to a property (centre left) in Bywater Place, Southwark, at 4.55am following reports of a man, believed to be in his 30s, attempting to force entry to a residential property.

Police were called to a property (centre left) in Bywater Place, Southwark, at 4.55am following reports of a man, believed to be in his 30s, attempting to force entry to a residential property.

Local councilor Adam Hood expressed his concern about the incident via X

Local councilor Adam Hood expressed his concern about the incident via X

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, sent out his thoughts on social media this morning to all those affected by the incident

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, sent out his thoughts on social media this morning to all those affected by the incident

Paramedics arrived at the scene just after 05:00 and treated two more people for minor injuries at the scene.

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 5.03am today (January 30) to reports of an incident on Bywater Place, Surrey Quays.

“We sent some resources to the scene, including an ambulance crew and an incident response officer. We also sent London’s Air Ambulance, which consisted of a car trauma team.

“We treated three people at the scene, two of whom had minor injuries. The third patient was pronounced dead at the scene.’

Detective Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, responsible for policing Southwark, said: ‘My thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident.

“I understand the local community will be concerned about the events that took place this morning. We will fully support the IOPC investigation into the full circumstances of what happened.’

The IOPC spokesman said his investigators were at the scene on Tuesday morning.

“We have launched an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a man by the Metropolitan Police Service earlier this morning in Southwark, south London,” a spokesman for the watchdog said.

‘We were notified by the MPS after the incident, which happened shortly before 05:00, and declared an independent investigation at around 06:40.

‘We sent investigators to the scene and the police’s post-incident procedure to start gathering evidence. Our investigation is in its very early stages.’

Councilor Adam Hood, Liberal Democrat councilor for Surrey Docks, said he was ‘deeply concerned’ by the news.

He wrote on social media: ‘Deeply concerned by this news from Bywater Place. Details are still emerging, but at this stage I am grateful for the quick response of emergency services.’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘My thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident.

‘It is right that the independent IOPC will now investigate the full circumstances. I would urge anyone with information to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’