Care to guess how I know he’s one of those Muslim vermin?
Witnesses say they saw an injured man, who they believed to be carrying an axe, in the street after hearing what they thought could have been gun shots.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed the axeman, who has not been named, died in hospital after he was shot by officers.
Confirming his death IPCC Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s friends and family, and all those affected at this very difficult time.”
One eyewitness, who was doing a training course at the Case Centre when the incident took place, said: “We’d only been in there a few minutes when we heard two loud bangs some screaming and there was just a big commotion.
“We looked outside and there was a guy with his back against the kerb lying on the floor. There was blood everywhere.
“His jeans were slightly down and you could see his boxer shorts were covered in blood. It’s sad.
“At the end of the day whatever he’s done he’s got a mum somewhere hasnt he?”
Workman Kevin Hollis, who was walking back to a nearby site said: “I’ve been told that a guy with an axe was attacking a car, and he was shot twice. He’s dead apparently.”
One man, who lives on Caroline Street out walking his Yorkshire terrier, said: “Everywhere you go there’s a copper.
”It must be quite serious. It can’t be an accident because they wouldn’t shut this many roads.”
Police have cordoned off Charles Street, off Freetown Way, while a separate cordon has been placed around the Case Training building.
Parts of nearby roads Raywell Street, Caroline Place and Francis Street have also been roped off.
In a statement Humberside Police said: “We can confirm that a 31-year-old man was injured at 9.37am today after shots were fired by officers.
“We deployed armed officers to the Holderness Road area shortly after 9.20am, following reports of concerns for the safety of the public in relation to a man seen near the Post Office in Holderness Road, Hull.
Streets in Hull city centre were placed on lockdown after a man was shot by police.
“The man, who cannot be named, is now receiving medical attention.
“An investigation is underway and the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is standard practice in such incidents.
“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.
“As such, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”
A man near the scene, who did not want to be named, said he believed the injured man was his cousin – who suffers from mental health issues and has problems with drugs.
He said: “All I’ve heard is one of my friends rang me and said ‘Your cousin’s been running around with an axe and he’s been Tasered and they’ve shot him’. That’s all I know.
“I’m going to go and find out how he is now.”
An eyewitness said she saw police taser the man, but he failed to drop the axe and tried to carry on walking off to a car park in Francis Street.
She said: “The police followed him down there and then I heard a shot. Straight away I knew it was a gunshot.
“In my opinion, the police did what was right, it was the last resort.
“He had been Tasered and you could tell they were talking to him and he just didn’t stop waving it around. They obviously didn’t want anything to happen to the public, they didn’t just do it for the sake of it.”
Onlookers were advised not to leave buildings in the area, as the city remained on lockdown for much of yesterday afternoon.
Abdul Bhaji, who lives on Francis Street, said: “I just came back from work and they said “You can’t go down, stop there. I’m going back to the warehouse, it’s cold.”