The footage obtained by the Daily Mirror reveals how, after beheading
the soldier, they hatched a plot to ambush and murder the first police
officers to come to his aid. The brave WPC first on the scene at the
Woolwich beheading comes within inches of death, a dramatic Daily Mirror
The driver, unable to draw her firearm, is saved by
a male colleague in the back who fires his machine-gun through his
window at a suspect who is charging at her.
The callous Islamic
extremists had lured police to the scene by dragging the body of the
murdered fusilier -- named yesterday as Lee Rigby, 25 -- into the middle
of the road.
When they see the first police car arrive, the pair split up.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, runs at officers head-on and his accomplice,
named locally as 22-year-old Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, advances
alongside, aiming his gun at them.
The film of the 10 seconds of
terror shows how Adebolajo got within two feet of the WPC who was
driving the armed response BMW X5.
As he is sent sprawling to the ground by the force of the two shots, two officers jump out to cover him.
They appear not to see Adebowale aiming a handgun at them.
a third SO19 marksman from the specialist Trojan unit spots him and he
is brought to the ground as six more shots ring out in the suburban
South East London street.
After seeing the Mirror's exclusive
video, Former Det Ch Insp Peter Kirkham, an expert in firearms tactics,
said last night: "I have never seen anything like this before, or even
heard of it happening.
"For two suspects to carry out a brutal attack like this then stand around in plain sight waiting for the police is crazy."
dramatic climax to the horrific attack -- in which dad of one Lee, from
Manchester, was hacked to death -- was filmed by a resident in a tower
block overlooking the scene in Artillery Road, Woolwich.
footage reveals how, after beheading the soldier, they set up their
ambush bid to murder the first police officers to arrive.
For eight minutes before that, the suspects are seen talking to passers-by and three women who try to help the victim.
as soon they see the patrol car turn the corner the suspects spring
into action, in a move designed to give the gunman time to target
The 15-minute 50-second footage was filmed 100ft up
from the windows of a flat as calls flooded in to police at 2.20pm on
Scotland Yard assigned an armed response unit four minutes later. And it arrived 10 minutes after that.
At one point an ambulance drives towards Lee's body and swerves round him when the two armed suspects are seen standing nearby.
minutes 21 seconds into the video, the men sprint towards the police
BMW X5 which comes round the corner and skids to a halt.
in a charcoal hooded top and black woolly hat, charges head-long
towards the driver's side of the marked silver patrol car, in an
apparent attempt to attack officers.
He drops one of his blades and moves the other into his right hand as he rushes wildly at the vehicle.
Just as he is within touching distance, two shots ring out and he is sent sprawling.
officers took a split-second decision to open fire with hollow point
bullets while they were sitting in the car, either through open windows
or partially opened doors.
Adebowale immediately takes off with a handgun, running past the three officers as they emerge from the car.
In his light-coloured trench coat he can be seen pointing the revolver at the officers as they tackle Adebolajo.
he disappears briefly behind a tree four more shots ring out, including
one from him according to some witnesses, and he stumbles and falls
near a road sign.
As the cops advance on the blade maniac, the female driver can be seen carrying a bright yellow Taser.
She is flanked by two male colleagues who run out from either side of the car, with Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine guns.
The female officer drops her Taser and pulls out a handgun and covers the knifeman as he lays prone.
man who filmed the footage said: "I got my camera phone out and started
filming as I thought it was a robbery or a kidnapping."