Crossbow attacker who was shot dead by police as he broke into a house with an arsenal of weapons was a cannabis-smoking ‘dark horse’ who often appeared ‘anxious’ and ‘on edge’, neighbours say

Crossbow attacker who was shot dead by police as he broke into a house with an arsenal of weapons was a cannabis-smoking ‘dark horse’ who often appeared ‘anxious’ and ‘on edge’, neighbours say

The crossbow attacker shot useless by police after he broke right into a home with an arsenal of weapons was a hashish smoking ‘darkish horse’ who usually appeared ‘anxious’ and ‘on edge’, neighbours say.

Bryce Hodgson, 30, was killed by armed officers after he was caught attempting to drive his means right into a three-storey house in Surrey Quays, Southwark, at round 5am on Tuesday.

Two folks with minor accidents have been rescued from the flat, the place a minimum of one particular person was recognized to Mr Hodgson. Police mentioned he wore physique armour and carried two crossbows, a knife and an axe. 

A neighbour mentioned he moved into the flat final summer time. ‘You’ll see him exterior the entrance smoking weed and cigarettes,’ they advised the Mirror. ‘He smoked rather a lot. He was a darkish horse, nervy, however I by no means noticed him being aggressive.’

Mr Hodgson appeared in court docket final June charged with ‘stalking involving severe alarm or misery’. 

Bryce Hodgson, 30, (pictured) was killed by armed officers after he was caught attempting to drive his means right into a three-storey house in Surrey Quays, Southwark, on Tuesday at round 5am

A forensic tent pictured yesterday on the scene on a quiet cul-de-sac in Southwark, south east London

A forensic tent pictured yesterday on the scene on a quiet cul-de-sac in Southwark, south east London 

A gas mask and crossbow arrows were seen by the house at Bywater Place, Surrey Quays

A gasoline masks and crossbow arrows have been seen by the home at Bywater Place, Surrey Quays

He had been accused of getting into a girl’s bed room with out her consent and in addition messaging her demanding she open her door between January and April final 12 months.

He was launched and later charged at Croydon crown court docket with failing to stay to bail situations after allegedly breaking a every day night time time curfew.  

The 30-year-old was born in Sheffield however lived in Middlesbrough till 2015. 

Footage from the scene confirmed officers gathered round the home on a quiet cul-de-sac in south east London as two folks have been led out of it. 

Armed police mentioned they have been compelled to fireplace after Mr Hodgson managed to interrupt in, having threatened the residents whereas additionally wielding a hatchet and knife. 

His masks, physique armour, crossbow bolts and navy boots have been left strewn throughout the highway. 

Neighbours in Rotherhithe, south-east London, mentioned they heard a person and lady screaming and shouting minutes earlier than the capturing.

They have been ordered to avoid their home windows as armed officers descended on the Bywater Place property.

Footage showed officers gathered around the house last night before leading two people out

Footage confirmed officers gathered round the home final night time earlier than main two folks out  

Officers could be heard shouting at residents to 'get out of the house' before they attempted to talk to the attacker

Officers could possibly be heard shouting at residents to ‘get out of the home’ earlier than they tried to speak to the attacker

Scotland Yard mentioned police have been referred to as after Hodgson tried to drive his means right into a constructing simply earlier than 5am yesterday. 

Unarmed officers initially tried to talk to him however have been threatened.

It’s thought the armour and weapons have been left scattered on the road after officers stripped him of them to carry out first assist exterior the constructing after the incident. 

Valeria Bocanera, 37, a neighbour who was woken by the incident, mentioned: ‘It went on for a few minute or so after which it went silent. 

‘My neighbour may see the physique out of her window and it was uncovered and simply mendacity on the ground.’

Different neighbours additionally described being woken by shouts and banging. One lady mentioned: ‘You may hear all of the police shouting to one another. 

‘We simply stayed indoors and the police later advised us to not come out.’

A ground-floor window on the rear of a property was damaged and an upstairs window was wedged open. The curtains had been pulled throughout the opposite home windows. 

A tent was in place the place Hodgson died and officers patrolled the realm to reassure the neighborhood after the capturing.

Police were called to a property (middle left) in Bywater Place, Southwark, at 4.55am on Tuesday

Police have been referred to as to a property (center left) in Bywater Place, Southwark, at 4.55am on Tuesday 

Final night time, the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct confirmed he had been carrying an array of weapons, including: ‘After arriving on the scene, the armed officers then entered the home the place the person was shot.

‘We will verify two photographs have been fired from a police problem firearm, which might be topic to additional evaluation.

‘The person, who was sporting physique armour, was taken exterior the property and given first assist however, sadly, died on the scene.’ Earlier yesterday, the watchdog mentioned it had begun an ‘unbiased investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capturing’.

The Met’s assistant commissioner Matt Twist mentioned he ‘firmly believed’ the actions of the officers prevented additional lack of life.

Detective chief superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh mentioned his ‘ideas are with all these affected’ by the early morning drama. ‘I perceive the local people might be involved on the occasions which have taken place,’ he mentioned.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating the incident

The Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating the incident

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, provided his help to these impacted by the incident.

Deadly police shootings are uncommon within the UK, with not more than three occurring per 12 months since 2017. 

The latest dying was that of Giedrius Vasiljevas, 40, who was shot at his house in Dagenham, east London, in November final 12 months after calling 999 to say he had loaded weapons and wished to take his personal life.

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