Streatham: Man in his 20s dies after being shot by Met Police in south London
A man in his 20s has died after being shot by pursuing armed police on a residential street in south London.
Metropolitan Police officers used their vehicle to collide with a car to force an end to a pursuit at Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, shortly before 10pm on Monday.
The man who died after being shot was named locally as Chris Kaba, 23, who friends said was about to become a father.
Locals reported hearing gunshots and the police helicopter hovering overhead.
A 39-year-old man, who lives on nearby New Park Road and asked not to be named, said: “The (driver) drove up New Park Road and turned up Kirkstall Gardens.
“A police car came down Kirkstall Gardens and crashed into him.
“Another police car came in behind him and they had him locked in at the bottom of Kirkstall Gardens.
“The car was immobile when he was shot.
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“The bang was really loud. I was in my house with my gaming headphones on and I heard it.”
Rachel Cook, who lives in nearby Kirkstall Road, said: “I was in bed and heard what sounded like two gunshots in quick succession, then saw flashing lights through the curtains.
“The police helicopter arrived shortly afterwards and we heard lots of squad cars.
“A neighbour told me they saw armed police and that the police performed CPR on the injured man before he was taken off the scene.
“It’s a very quiet residential street and people are very shook up about it.”
One woman who lives in Kirkstall Gardens, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard a big bang and then I came outside.
“From inside I could see the blue lights and a helicopter. There were plenty of police officers.
“It looked like somebody was lying on the floor and they were trying to attend to the person.
“I’ve lived here for a year or so and I’ve never experienced anything like that.
A man who also lives on Kirkstall Road and asked not to be named, said: “I heard what sounded like one or two gunshots and then a lot of commotion.
“I saw some police cars and then the main commotion was over pretty quickly.”
The Metropolitan Police said the man who was shot received first aid from officers at the scene before being taken to hospital, but died at 12.16am.
Cordons were in place on Kirkstall Gardens and New Park Road on Tuesday, with a forensic tent put up and officers gathering evidence at the scene.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it declared an independent investigation shortly before midnight, as is standard after a police shooting, and investigators were sent to the scene.
The IOPC said in a statement: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected by this terrible incident.
“Our investigation remains in the very early stages.”