London, Apr 9 (AP) London police have shot a man dead after the man reportedly claimed he had a weapon.

Police said the man was shot and killed early today morning in Romford in east London.

Police say they responded to a call at 3:50 AM reporting a man making threats and claiming to have a weapon. The man was shot dead at 4:45 AM.

There will be a mandatory investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The shooting came as London is experiencing a spike in knife-related crime.

The identity of the man who died has not been released. (AP) CPS 04091429

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