A man has been shot dead after a stand-off with armed police in east London.
Officers rushed to a property in Dagenham on Thursday night after the man called the police and said he wanted to take his own life.
During the phone call shortly before 8pm, he also told cops he had a loaded gun at his home in Weston Green.
Armed police and a specialist negotiator were involved in a back and forth with the man, believed to be aged 40, for around one hour.
Despite attempts to bring the incident to a safe conclusion, officers fired shots at around 9pm.
The Met said a non-police issue gun was found at the property and a search suggests no one else was there at the time of the incident.
Emergency first aid, including CPR, was carried out by paramedics but the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.30pm.
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An investigation has now been launched.
Pictures show forensics investigating and a white tent has been erected directly outside the front of the house.
Commander Kyle Gordon, frontline policing commander for north and east London, said: ‘My thoughts are with the loved ones of the man who has died, with the local community in Dagenham and the officers involved in this incident.
‘While formal identification has yet to take place, officers believe he was aged 40.
‘His next of kin has been informed.
‘They will receive our full support.’
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was made aware immediately after the incident and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been informed.
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