We fought to save Westminster killer even though our dead colleague lay yards away, says gun officer 

Sergeant Will Hitch, one of the police officers who responded to the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March, 2017 has spoken about that day for the first time. He talked to The Evening Standard’s Rachael Burford.

Sergeant Hitch, who serves with the Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Command unit arrived at the bridge less than a minute after terrorist Khalid Masood deliberately drove into pedestrians and fatally stabbed Police Constable Keith Palmer. Five people were killed in the attack and more than 50 people were injured.

Hitch told reporters, “on Westminster Bridge we fought to save Khalid Masood, despite the fact he had just killed our colleague who was lying just metres away. He had a right to life, in spite of his actions, and we had the slightly surreal obligation to try and save him. In this country our job is to put suspects in front of a judge and jury. We’ll endeavour to do that in spite of emotions, provocations, instincts. I’m very proud of that discipline.”

Masood later died.

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