A man was shot dead by police after he ‘came out firing’ as armed officers thwarted an audacious bid to spring a convicted carjacker from a nearby court.
Two other men were arrested as the drama unfolded at 9am just yards from Wood Green Crown Court in north London.
Police are believed to have been tipped off that an attempt would be made to free Turkish nationals Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi and Erun Izzet as they attended court to be sentenced for carjacking and firearms offences.
Another two men were arrested in a nearby street in connection with the incident.
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A man was shot dead by police after he ‘came out firing’ as armed officers thwarted an audacious bid to spring a convicted carjacker from a nearby court
Armed officers shot the man in London this morning in an 'intelligence led' operation. He was gunned down in the area of Bracknell Close at 9am. Police and ambulance emergency response personnel are pictured attending the scene
Police officers are seen erecting and positioning a white forensics tent on the residential road in north London. Scotland Yard said two men were arrested at the scene, with another two arrested elsewhere in the capital
Police are believed to have been tipped off that an attempt would be made to free Turkish nationals Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi and Erun Izzet as they attended Wood Green Crown Court (left) to be sentenced for carjacking and firearms offences. This graphic shows both the court and the site of the shooting on nearby Bracknell Close
The sentencing of Amoyaw-Gyamfi and Izzet was delayed from its scheduled 10am start due to what HM Courts and Tribunals Service referred to as 'an ongoing police matter'.
The two men arrested at the scene of the shooting in Bracknell Close, Wood Green, were held on suspicion of 'conspiracy to facilitate the escape of an individual from lawful custody'.
They have not been named but are aged 30 and 19-years-old.
It remained unclear this afternoon what the two other men - who were arrested on Barratt Avenue, and are 31 and 25-years-old - were accused of.
Witnesses said they saw a man, who was described as being of Turkish appearance, sitting in a black Audi that was parked in an off-street parking bay near the back entrance to court building for at least half an hour before police arrived at the scene and shot him twice in the chest.
A 53-year-old scaffolder working in the road said: 'Neighbours told me what happened was they went in there to do a raid and he did a runner.
Uniformed police officers stand near the man's lifeless body after paramedics tried in vain to save his life
Police investigators lock down the area following the shooting (left). An armed, undercover officer walks away from the scene (right)
'He came out shooting and police shot him with two bullets in the chest.
'They took one guy out and took him away.'
Video footage of paramedics attending to the man who was shot was shared online minutes after the brutal altercation.
In the dramatic recording, he can be seen lying on the pavement while he is treated by emergency response personnel.
Two male witnesses appear to be looking over him. A female voice can be heard saying 'I hope it wasn't one of those situations where the police just fired too quickly.'
Janice Gosney, 60, a mum-of-two who lives opposite the shooting, was caught up in the early morning horror.
She said: 'There were police everywhere. I was scared. I nearly had a heart attack. There were two guys. They looked Turkish.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining 'gunshot wounds'. His identity has yet to be confirmed
The street - in Wood Green - has been closed off as police attend the scene. A man was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining 'gunshot wounds'
Witnesses have claimed the man 'came out firing' before being shot twice in the chest by police officers
A police officer stands guard to keep locals away from the scene of the shooting, which left one man dead
'One was on the floor behind the car and the other one was on the side of the road being arrested.'
'They took one guy out and took him away.'
Road worker Donald Campbell, 57, said he witnessed a flash of light in the wing mirror of his lorry after he heard officers smash the window of the black Audi estate.
He said: 'We were in the process of laying Tarmac.
'I was sitting in the lorry and I saw this flash of light in my wing mirror and heard a loud bang.
'The police dragged him out of the car and turned him over. It all happened in seconds.
'I think they shot him in his car and then pulled him out.
The four men arrested were today being questioned at separate London police stations.
Witnesses visiting nearby Wood Green Crown Court say police armed with sub machine guns were seen outside the building before this morning's incident.
Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi and Erun Izzet were meant to be sentencing at 10am in court three.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman said: 'There was an incident this morning but it's an ongoing police matter.
'Increased security is in place due to what happened this morning.
'There was a hearing about to take place but it was adjourned until this afternoon.'
Bracknell Close (pictured) has now been completely closed off as police and ambulance crews attend
Witnesses visiting nearby Wood Green Crown Court say police armed with sub machine guns were seen outside the building before this morning's incident
A Metropolitan police spokesman said: 'Officers from the Met Police Organised Crime Command and Specialist Firearms Operational Command Unit this morning arrested four men as a result of a pre-planned intelligence led operation.
'Two of the men were arrested in the area of Bracknell Close, Wood Green.
'They have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate the escape of an individual from lawful custody.
'There were two further related arrests.
'The four men arrested are at separate London police stations, and we are not prepared to provide any further information as to where.
'During the operation in Bracknell Close a man was shot, and has subsequently died.