Westminster terrorist lawfully killed, says jury
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.