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Timeline: Chelsea shooting

A look at the events leading up to the fatal shooting of barrister Mark Saunders following a five-hour armed stand off with police in west London on 6 May.

1630 BST

Mr Saunders's basement neighbour Jane Winkworth said she heard him fire shots into his garden.

She goes out to investigate but claims he fires at her. She runs back into her home and calls the police.

1640 BST

Police receive numerous calls from members of the public and armed officers arrive in Markham Square.

The nearby King's Road is completely closed, large parts of the area are cordoned off and shops are closed with local residents and office workers forced to remain indoors.

1650 BST

Mr Saunders fires into a child's bedroom in a building on Bywater Street which backs onto his house. While police investigate this he fires at the officers. Armed officers return fire.

Police reinforcements, including the Metropolitan Police's specialist armed unit CO19 and armoured vehicles, are called in.

Ambulances and fire engines arrive and are kept on stand-by.

A police negotiator tries to talk to Mr Saunders but police say he makes no demands.

1900 BST

Ms Winkworth says Mr Saunders throws a white cardboard box out of a window.

On the box was written: "I love my wife dearly xxx," she said.

2100 BST

Mr Saunders fires another round. Police again return fire. About 30 minutes later he fires another round. Police again return fire.

2140 BST

Several explosions are heard.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the sky lit up with green flashes and others heard glass breaking which suggests the noise might have been caused by stun grenades.

Ambulance crews are seen heading to Mr Saunders's property.

2200 BST

It is revealed the gunman is dead.




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