Man shot dead by police in Surrey Quays was carrying crossbows, knife, sword and hatchet

A man shot dead by police in southeast London was carrying crossbows, a knife, a sword and a hatchet.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said two shots were fired after officers unsuccessfully tried to speak to him.

The watchdog launched an investigation, as is standard for a fatal police shooting.

The man, age 30 and wearing body armour, managed to get inside a property in the Surrey Quays area of London and was threatening the occupants.

The IOPC said he was known to at least one of the people at the address.

Met Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said firearms officers were called after unarmed police were threatened and had "genuine fears" for the safety of those inside.

"Armed officers were called and attempted to get the man to surrender. They entered the property and shots were fired," he said.

"The officers, assisted by paramedics, provided emergency first aid to the man, who was wearing body armour, but he sadly died.

"Weapons recovered from the scene include crossbows, a knife, a sword and a hatchet," the assistant commissioner added.

He paid tribute to the police involved and said he believed they helped prevent further loss of life.

Two people at the Bywater Place property suffered minor injuries.

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Mel Palmer, the IOPC's regional director, said: "Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragic incident.

"The man's next of kin have been informed and, in due course, we will be contacting them to explain our role.

"We will keep them regularly updated throughout our investigation."

The IOPC's role is to independently investigate the actions and decisions of police.

A coroner has been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place.