Menezes police told ‘shoot to kill’
Tuesday October 2, 2007 8:43 PM
Armed officers were told to shoot to kill suspected suicide bombers on the day they gunned down innocent Jean Charles de Menezes, the Old Bailey has heard.
They were told they would be using “new and unusual tactics” and given special bullets to ensure death.
A firearms officer code named Ralph had no doubt that he or another officer “might have to shoot someone point blank in the head”, said Clare Montgomery, QC, prosecuting.
The armed officers were briefed about their role after a surveillance team staked out flats in south London linked to July 21 bomber Hussain Osman. But they did not arrive there until four hours later, after Mr de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian electrician left to catch an underground train. When they eventually caught up with him on a train at Stockwell Station, he was shot seven times in the head by two officers.