Described in the British press as "dramatic", witnesses told reporters the man "came out firing." It may be described as "dramatic", but the shooting of a civilian by UK police officers is a rare occurrence; especially when compared to America with whom it shares a "special relationship".
#YouAintNoMuslimBruv we don't need guns! Proud of our UK police!— biebermum (@biebermum) December 6, 2015
The relationship maybe close, but the gun laws are far apart.
Figures reveal that the number of fatal shootings by British officers compared to their American counterparts pale in comparison.
US gun laws are again under scrutiny, following the killing of 14 people by two people armed with assault rifles in San Bernardino.
Syed Rizwan Farrok and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on the gathering of his co-workers at a holiday party. The FBI is treating the mass shooting as an act of terrorism after the couple stated that they were acting on behalf of the militant group Daesh, also known as ISIL.
The massacre, the killer's backgrounds, their motives and the heightened terror alert in the US has once again thrust America's gun control laws into the spotlight — principally, the ease in which US citizens can buy weapons and how often they are fired by officers.
2 men arrested during police operation in #WoodGreen on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate escape of an individual from lawful custody.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) December 11, 2015
London's Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed that two men were arrested at the scene in Wood Green in North London on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate the escape of an individual from lawful custody. The reason for the shooting remains unknown.