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'I thought we were all going to die'

Jean Charles de Menezes
Ms Dunwoodie witnessed Jean Charles de Menezes's last moments

As the Metropolitan Police force is found guilty of endangering the public over the 2005 fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a witness has spoken about her experience for the first time.

Anna Dunwoodie, who was sitting close to Mr de Menezes on the Tube when he was shot, describes a morning she will never forget.

The surveillance officer ran to the door and called the other officers in and they came straight into the carriage and just seemed to kind of fall on this passenger to my right who I now realise was Jean Charles.

There was panic and a real sense of confusion. The men who came running in also seemed quite chaotic and perhaps even - it sounds a bit odd - but I'd describe them as slightly hysterical.

I think my initial thought was that they must be terrorists and there must be a bomb.

So there was a moment where I thought we were all going to die and that was a very hard thing to find yourself thinking.

It was horrific and it was terrifying and it was bloody

When there wasn't a bomb, when that didn't happen, when they kind of poured on top of him, I realised that there was something very different going on and maybe I would be able to escape.

I ran as they were shooting him. We all ran to the sound of gunshots.

It was horrific, and it was terrifying and it was bloody.

My focus prior to the police bursting in was the surveillance officer who was quite agitated.

And I think initially when I thought through events I imagined that actually the surveillance officer must have been Jean Charles because he was the person behaving in a way that seemed unusual.

Jean Charles, to my knowledge, did nothing out of the ordinary at all. Like I say, it felt to me like he was somebody that had been picked on at random because he was nearest to the door.

In some ways it's affected every part of my life, I think.

It's something that I'll never forget and his death is something I wish I'd never seen and it's something that I wish had never happened. I'll always remember it.

It certainly didn't feel to me like I was in the middle of a police operation

I have certainly felt very differently about the police since being part of this incident.

It certainly didn't feel to me like I was in the middle of a police operation.

I think that's why, you know, I left the scene not realising it was the police.

And I've always found that one of the most shocking things actually, that this was just a terrible thing that happened, seemingly without planning.




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