Mark Rowley, Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Department in London England, sadly reports the death of Officer Keith Palmer.
Constable Palmer, 48, was on duty in the parliamentary grounds when a terrorist attacked him with a knife and stabbed him to death.
The terrorist, bent on instilling fear in the country, drove his vehicle the full length of London Bridge striking an unknown number of civilians and severely injuring at least forty people. Three of the injured pedestrians died. One female was pulled from the Thames River after jumping over the railing to avoid being struck by the terrorist’s vehicle.
Among the wounded, many of them foreign tourists, were 12 Britons, four South Koreans, three French high school students, two Romanians, two Greeks and one citizen each of China, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the United States.
The American killed in the attack was identified as Kurt Cochran from Utah, reported the New York Times. He and his wife Melissa Payne Cochran were on vacation celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
After driving over the bridge, the terrorist crashed his SUV into the gates surrounding Parliamentary Square. The terrorist then fled his vehicle and ran through the open security gates of the square and approached the unarmed Palmer, stabbing him in the chest. Other armed police nearby shot and killed the attacker.
Palmer was flown via medical helicopter to a hospital where he succumbed to his stab wounds.
Keith Palmer served the Metropolitan Police Department for fifteen years. He was assigned to the unarmed section of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. He had previously served with the British Royal Artillery. His wife and children survive him.
Police Constable Keith Palmer is gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, March 22, 2017.
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