West­min­ster ter­ror­ist law­fully killed, says jury

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WEST­MIN­STER ter­ror­ist Khalid Ma­sood was law­fully killed when he was shot dead by a min­is­ter’s body­guard, an in­quest jury has found.

The 52-year-old Mus­lim convert mowed down pedes­tri­ans on West­min­ster Bridge in a hired SUV, killing four and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing 29.

He crashed into rail­ings be­fore storm­ing through gates near the Houses of Par­lia­ment armed with two knives.

He stabbed un­armed Con­sta­ble Keith Palmer to death be­fore be­ing shot dead by a body­guard who rushed to the scene.

The at­tack on March 22, 2017 took 82 sec­onds.

A jury of seven men and four women took two hours and 22 min­utes yes­ter­day to find Ma­sood was law­fully killed, adding in a short nar­ra­tive of the events lead­ing to his death.

They found Ma­sood was in­tent on in­flict­ing “se­ri­ous harm” when he stormed through the gates to the Palace of West­min­ster.

He had been is­sued with ver­bal warn­ings but “con­tin­ued to move to­ward the close pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers at speed” be­fore he was shot, the jury said.

Coro­ner Mark Lu­craft, QC, had di­rected the jury to re­turn a law­ful killing verdict as the body­guard who shot Ma­sood be­lieved it was nec­es­sary to open fire in de­fence of him­self and oth­ers.

The coro­ner will now re­ceive le­gal sub­mis­sions on a re­port to be pro­duced about is­sues that have been raised dur­ing the two in­quests.

„ A po­lice­man points a gun at Khalid Ma­sood as the ter­ror­ist lies on the ground af­ter be­ing shot by a body­guard.

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