Police bullet fired at London Bridge attacker Usman Khan ‘ricocheted off the pavement and flew through the top deck of a double-decker bus – forcing passengers to duck’
- Photos show bullet holes in the front and back window of a bus near the scene
- Passenger dived to floor after seeing the window of the bus in front of his shatter
- The police have suggested that a ricochet could have passed through the bus
A bullet fired at London Bridge attacker Usman Khan by armed police may have ricocheted off the pavement and passed through the entire top deck of a nearby bus.
A shocking new photo reveals a bullet hole in the front window of a bus close to where Khan was shot dead by police.
Another photo shows what appears to be a second bullet hole in the back window of the same bus.
The second photo was taken by a witness who said he was forced to duck after seeing the window of the bus in front of him shatter.
A bullet hole in the front window of the top deck of a bus near the scene where London Bridge killer Usman Khan was shot dead by police
A double decker bus near the scene of the London Bridge attack being inspected by forensic officers
Speaking to the BBC, he added that he was sure the bus he was on was also hit by a bullet.
The police have suggested a ricochet could have passed through the bus and the Independent Office for Police Conduct is carrying out an investigation.
The witness, who does not want to be named, said he was at the front of the upper deck when he saw the back window of the bus in front shattering.
He said he immediately dived to the floor, adding: ‘We are talking about a split-second of noise. In no more than a half-a-second I was on the floor.’
According to the witness, the damage to the bus may have happened after the initial shots that had killed Khan, raising questions about whether more might have been fired.
The police have suggested a ricochet could have passed through the bus after they had shot Khan and the Independent Office for Police Conduct is carrying out an investigation
Dr Rachel Bolton-King, associate professor of forensic science at Staffordshire University says it might be possible for a ricocheted bullet to ‘pass through one window, through the length of the bus and out the window at the opposite end of the bus’.
Philip Boyce, of forensic services company Forensic Equity, also suggested that the bullet may have entered through the front window, glanced off the ceiling of the bus and then flown out through the back.
He explained that, depending on the surfaces they hit, bullet ricochets could carry for hundreds of yards, well within the distance between Khan and the bus.
Transport for London confirmed that a bus was damaged during the shooting.