Gunman shot dead during alleged attempt to 'spring' violent carjackers from London court
Published 11/12/2015 | 16:09
A GUNMAN was shot dead by police as he attempted to spring two convicted carjackers from a court van.
The man was gunned down earlier today in North London as police foiled an alleged plot to free Turkish nationals Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi and Erun Izzet as they were being sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court.
The North London court house is where some of the most serious criminals in the UK are convicted.
It is understood that a tip off led to armed units being dispatched to the court house shortly before 9 am and these units intercepted a black Audi on route to the building.
It is not clear if the gunman opened fired on police first but the Express newspaper is reporting that eye-witnesses say that the man “came out shooting”.
The Telegraph is reporting however that the man was shot and killed while sitting in the Audi and then dragged out of the car by armed officers.
Paramedics and London’s air ambulance attended the scene and tried to save the man’s life but he died shortly afterwards from a gunshot wound, Scotland Yard said.
“A man was shot in Bracknell Close, Wood Green, during an intelligence-led operation at 9am and the area remains cordoned off near the junction of Bracknell Close and Olympus Grove, near Winkfield Road.”
Two other men were arrested as the drama unfolded and another two were arrested in connection with the incident elsewhere in London, a police spokesperson confirmed.
"They have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate the escape of an individual from lawful custody. There were two further related arrests.
"The four men arrested are at separate London police stations, and we are not prepared to provide any further information as to where."