A TERRORIST shot dead by armed cops was lawfully killed, an inquest jury ruled yesterday.
They fired 20 rounds at Usman Khan after he had fatally stabbed two people.
An inquest jury ruled that armed police lawfully killed Usman Khan[/caption]
In a narrative conclusion the jury said police were forced to “neutralise the risk” after Khan refused commands to stay still after being injured by two shots.
Khan revealed a fake suicide vest which police thought was real, so fired another 18 rounds.
Coroner Mark Lucraft QC said their actions should not be criticised.
He said they had “all provided justifications for why they fired and these explanations were not challenged by anyone”.
Khan stabbed graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, to death at a prisoner rehab conference at Fishmongers’ Hall, London, in November 2019.
He had been freed on licence from jail 11 months earlier, after serving half of a 16-year sentence for terrorist offences.
Khan, 28, was allowed to travel by train from his Stafford home after bungling authorities failed to properly assess his risk.
Khan fatally stabbed Jack Merritt in the 2019 London Bridge attack[/caption]
Saskia Jones was also killed in Khan’s rampage[/caption]
Following the stabbings Khan was chased on to London Bridge by three heroes.
Their “remarkable courage” was hailed.
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Mr Lucraft also said Jack and Saskia had their lives “tragically cut short”.
A previous inquest said they were unlawfully killed.
The coroner said he would produce a “prevention of future deaths” report by the autumn.
At time of the attack, Khan had served half of a 16-year sentence for previous terror offences[/caption]