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Inquest opens into police killing

Police in street
The armed man was shot four times by police marksmen

An armed man shot dead by police marksmen in east London had been detained under the Mental Health Act in "the recent past", an inquest heard.

Andrew Hammond, 40, was shot four times by an armed response unit in Harold Hill, Romford, last week.

Mr Hammond was shot once in the left arm, twice in the chest and once in the neck. The shots to the neck and chest were fatal, the hearing was told.

The inquest at Walthamstow Coroner's Court was adjourned.

Michael Grant, from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), said: "Mr Hammond had relationship difficulties with his partner in the recent past and was detained under the Mental Health Act by police, but wasn't sectioned and was released."

The court heard that witnesses had seen Mr Hammond roaming the area around his home with firearms described as "real or otherwise".

Armed officers attended the address and were told he presented a real threat before they shot him.

An air ambulance team tried to revive him at the scene, but was unable to do so.

His body was later identified by his partner Michelle Manley, a student nurse.

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