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2005: Man shot dead by London police

VIDEO : First death in new 'shoot to kill' policy

A man has been shot dead by police at Stockwell underground station in south London - a day after four failed bomb attacks on the capital.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said the shooting was "directly linked" to the ongoing London bombs inquiry.

Yesterday's attempted bombings followed four explosions on 7 July in which 52 people died.

Officers said the man was shot after he was challenged and refused to obey an order.

Police have said it is not yet clear if the man they shot was one of four bombing suspects shown on newly released CCTV footage.

A second man arrested at a flat in the Stockwell area was being held under the Terrorism Act, Scotland Yard said.

He has been taken to Paddington Green police station in central London for questioning.

He is being held on suspicion of the preparation, instigation and commission of acts of terrorism.

In Context
The man shot by police turned out to be a Brazilian electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, who had nothing to do with the London bombings.

An inquest heard he had been shot seven times in the head.

The case raised questions about the police's shoot-to-kill policy and there were also questions about when officers first became aware they had shot the wrong man.

The De Menezes's family have refused to accept an apology from Prime Minister Tony Blair.

A report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service on 19 January 2006.

In July 2006 the CPS announced it would not be bringing charges against any police officers involved in the case saying there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute any individual.

The Metropolitan force will be charged under health and safety laws.


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