Police have shot dead a man who broke into a house in north London and threatened a woman with a knife.

Officers were called to a property in Shepperton Road, Islington at 23:14 BST on Thursday after reports of a man breaking into a residential house.

Police found a 40-year-old man threatening a woman with a knife and called a police negotiator, London Ambulance Service and firearm officers were called to the scene.

The suspect was shot by armed officers shortly before 01:00 BST on Friday, with witnesses describing hearing the sound of “fireworks” as a number of shots were fired.

The man was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service, but was pronounced dead en route to the hospital at 01:20.

The woman involved in the incident, who was known to the attacker, was not physically harmed as is being treated for shock.

Commenting on the incident, Commander Neil Basu said:

“Events demonstrate challenging work our officers have to perform daily”

The shooting was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who said:

“We’re independently investigating the fatal Met police shooting in Islington and our investigators remain at the scene.”

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