The Sun, by Ellie Cambridge, Matthew Coyle, and Alex Matthews: Undercover officers in plain clothes appear out of nowhere and swoop in on Sudesh Amman, 20, as he lies gunned down on the pavement in Streatham High Road.
Seconds later, in scenes straight out of an action movie, another cop in plain clothes leaps off a motorbike as the expert team surround the jihadi, in footage captured by a passenger on a bus.
The officers, dressed like members of the public wearing man bags, jeans, and even holding shopping bags, then secure the scene and stand guard over Amman.
They then order shoppers and witnesses to move away as he lies bleeding on the pavement.
A witness claimed they saw a man wearing silver canisters strapped to his chest, wielding a machete being chased by an undercover officer moments before armed cops swooped.
But Scotland Yard said Amman was wearing a fake suicide vest.
The Met Police later said that three people were injured in the deadly attack but one has since been discharged from hospital.
A spokesperson said: “One man, who is in his 40s, was initially considered to be in a life-threatening condition; however, we are thankful that following his treatment at the hospital, this is no longer the case.
“One woman in her 50s had non-life threatening injuries and has been discharged from hospital.
“Another woman in her 20s has minor injuries—believed to have been caused by glass following the discharge of the police firearm.
“She continues to receive treatment at the hospital. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
Amman, from Harrow, North London, was sentenced to more than three years in jail in 2018 for committing terror offences.
But he was let-out on automatic release after serving half his sentence—despite concerns he still held extremist views.
The ISIS-supporting jihadi, who was only a teenager when arrested, was jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents.
Amman also shared an Al-Qaeda magazine in his family WhatsApp group and told his siblings “the Islamic State is here to stay,” the Old Bailey heard.
He possessed bomb-making manuals and fantasized about carrying out acid attacks, his trial was told.
Co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, 48, who heard the gunshots, told Sun Online: “I am absolutely shocked and devastated.
“I am in disbelief that this could happen in Streatham. “This is one of the most diverse, inclusive, and tolerant communities in London.”
Gulled Bulhan, a 19-year-old student from Streatham, said: “I was crossing the road when I saw a man with a machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased by what I assume was an undercover police officer—as they were in civilian clothing.”
Emma Taylor, 31, from Streatham Hill, told the Sun Online: “I was walking up the high street after going for brunch with some friends and we saw a woman screaming outside a small hardware shop next to Iceland.
“As we approached her she was in serious distress and she shouted ‘he’s just grabbed a knife from my shop and stabbed a lady.'”
“She stopped us from going any further and that’s when we saw the woman, just five meters in front us, being attended to by paramedics.
“She kept trying to get up, she was in pure shock. Before we saw all this, I remember unmarked police cars whizzing past us.
“There was armed police everywhere—it was like something out of a film.
“The woman, who owns the hardware shop, kept repeating ‘he stabbed her in the back.'”
“There was helicopters and all sorts, and as we walked off, the woman seemed to be ok.
“Had it been 20 odd seconds earlier we would have been right on top of it all.”
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We have a number of resources attending an incident in Streatham High Road.”
One person tweeted: “Be careful out in London, just seen about two dozen armed police, a man shot, and two stab victims receiving urgent medical care.”
A witness, Dave Chawner, posted: “I had to stay with someone who’d just been #stabbed in #Streatham for 30 minutes before a single ambulance arrived. I hope he made it.”
And another said: “What the —- is going on in Streatham?!? Helicopters circling above and sirens outside. Twitter saying a man has been shot dead.
“It’s a Sunday afternoon and families are everywhere. Very scary.”
“The terrible reports we hear of murders and robberies, of railway accidents and deeds of violence, tell the story that the end of all things is at hand. Now, just now, we need to be preparing for the Lord’s second coming.” Last Day Events, page 23.