Thamesmead man avoids being shot by police “as safety left on by mistake”

A man from Thamesmead has been charged today with attacking police with a knife yesterday on Horse Guards Parade.

Prashanth Kandaiah, aged 29 from St Mellion Close in north Thamesmead was charged with attempted grievous bodily harm and possession of a pointed/bladed article.

The incident occured yesterday and some incredible details have emerged in court today, as it’s claimed the man only escaped being shot after an officer accidentally left his safety catch on when he went to shoot.

The man attacked officers with a knife before being tasered. One officer had attempted to shoot but had been issued with a newer gun with a two stage safety measure and forgot to unlock the rear safety catch in the heat of the moment.

The MOD officer was said to be charged by the suspect and fell to the ground. While on the floor, he kicked the suspect above him who was attempting to attack with a knife, while he attempting to shoot twice.

Due to the safety catch the gun didn’t fire, and he was instead tasered.

The suspect has been remanded in custody.

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