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Police Shoot Knife-Wielding Man Dead In Islington, North London

05/09/2014 07:07 BST | Updated 05/09/2014 15:59 BST

Police have shot dead a man who was threatening a woman with a knife at a house in London.

A number of shots were fired during the incident at Shepperton Road in Islington at around 1am and the 40-year-old died 20 minutes later while on route to the hospital, Scotland Yard said.

Police had sent a negotiator to the scene at 11.19pm yesterday following reports the man had broken into a house.

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Police at the scene in Shepperton Road, Islington

The man and woman involved are believed to have known each other, police said.

Photos taken by neighbours show a middle-aged woman in a pink blanket being comforted by a female police officer as she was led away from the house in Shepperton Road in Islington. She was not harmed but was treated for shock.

The woman was not harmed but is being treated for shock.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "As in any shooting, officers from the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) have been informed and this incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)."

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The area in Islington

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Police have cordoned off Shepperton Road with blue and white tape and several uniformed officers are standing guard along the street.

The leafy street, near Islington's fashionable Upper Street, is lined with pretty Georgian houses.

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Police at the scene

Neighbours said police cordoned off the street last night and were stopping some residents from returning to their homes. Shortly afterwards they heard gunshots.

Lyssa Barber, a neighbour who works in recruitment for a bank in the City, said: "I was woken up to shouts and immediately afterwards to what sounded like four or five bangs. They were gunshots.

"I think I heard five gunshots, but a gunshot in real life doesn't sound like it does on TV. It sounded like loud bangs on a door. Bang, bang, bang. Then I realised, if it's somebody banging on the door, why can I hear it?

"We saw the ambulance and police. There were eight police vehicles I could see from my window, and I saw five armed officers.

"The ambulance arrived as I was looking out of my window. Police came out of the house. We could see someone being led away. I'm fairly sure they were wearing pink and had to be supported by officers."

A 36-year-old man, who works in advertising but did not want to be named, said: "I arrived home and saw police, who escorted me to my house. Some other residents weren't allowed back into their homes.

"I saw armed officers, those special police who had arms on. I saw around three or four of them.

"Later when I was inside my house I heard shots.

"I looked outside my window ... she was in her 40s and 50s wearing pyjamas with a pink blanket wrapped around her."

Daniel Keane, 28, an office worker who lives in the street, said: "I thought I heard fireworks, that's what it sounded like to me.

"It was around 1am.

"The shots didn't last long at all, but it wasn't a standard type of firework sound. It sounded different.

"I also heard some shouts, but they weren't audible."

The street remains cordoned off with more than a dozen police officers are still at the scene and a nursery in the street is closed.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "As in any shooting, officers from the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) have been informed and this incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)."