This is the dramatic moment a brave female police officer confronted a sword-wielding man after a ‘random’ attack which left a teenage boy dead and two of her colleagues wounded.

CCTV footage emerged showing the female cop, flanked by her male colleagues, demanding the man in a yellow hoodie puts down the weapon after he vaulted a fence into a driveway in Hainault this morning.

As officers close in on the man, the unarmed officer can be seen advancing on the man  before tasering him despite the fact he was still brandishing his sword.

She then stands over him before armed colleagues move into the arrest the man, following reports that a van had rammed into a home just before a knifeman started prowling the streets.

A 14-year-old boy who was ‘on his way to school’ was fatally injured while two other members of the public were also attacked, in what police believe was a ‘random’ incident.

In the ensuing action, two police officers were injured before a suspect was eventually cornered, tasered and arrested seconds before armed reinforcements arrived.  

The injured officers were rushed to hospital with ‘serious’ injuries. Two members of the public were also treated following the horror rampage that unfolded. 

Police say, the suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital where he is being treated for injuries he received when he crashed his van into a home. 

Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged showing the moment a sword-wielding man was tasered and arrested by police

Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged showing the moment a sword-wielding man was tasered and arrested by police

Officers can be seen demanding the 36-year-old suspect drop his weapon as he stands with sword in hand in front of a garage

Officers can be seen demanding the 36-year-old suspect drop his weapon as he stands with sword in hand in front of a garage

The suspect is then seen being detained on the ground by multiple police officers

The suspect is then seen being detained on the ground by multiple police officers

A man 'wielding a machete' was seen 'prowling the streets of east London'

A man 'wielding a machete' was seen 'prowling the streets of east London'

A man ‘wielding a machete’ was seen ‘prowling the streets of east London’

Police were scrambled to the scene following reports that a car had driven into a property

Police were scrambled to the scene following reports that a car had driven into a property

The major emergency service response in Hainault this morning - crews rushed to the scene of a multiple stabbing

The major emergency service response in Hainault this morning – crews rushed to the scene of a multiple stabbing 

 Footage captured moments before the arrest shows the suspect, dressed in a yellow hoodie, stood on top of a garage roof before entering a resident’s garden. 

The terrifying scenes were recorded by a member of the public, who can be heard desperately warning people to ‘lock your doors’ while officers scramble to subdue the man. 

The shocking attack has seen both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer pay tribute to the victims and King Charles has also ‘saluted’ the courage of officers who worked to bring the attack to a close. 

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said police have found ‘no trace of a prior incident’ involving the suspect arrested following multiple stabbings in Hainault after speculation about his background, including police contact with him.

Locals told MailOnline they saw a man ‘covered in blood’ outside their homes in the Thurlow Gardens area.

Daniel Garfinkle, who lives outside the Tube station, said: ‘I woke up at 7am to lots of shouting. There was a guy outside covered in blood, near the station and outside my home.

‘Police were trying to calm down the man. But he went towards the station. He kept shouting.’

A neighbour from nearby Laing Close, who witnessed the attacks said they could ‘not stop envisioning the boy’s face’.

Chilling footage shows a group of officers descending on the scene to apprehend the man who can be seen to the right dressed in yellow as he runs behind a fence

Chilling footage shows a group of officers descending on the scene to apprehend the man who can be seen to the right dressed in yellow as he runs behind a fence 

The same video later shows the man stood on top of a garage roof before entering a resident's garden

The same video later shows the man stood on top of a garage roof before entering a resident’s garden

James Fernando, 39, said the suspect had asked one of his neighbours to ‘take the telephone from him to tell whoever was on the phone his location’.

He said: ‘Within two seconds after that she’s realised something isn’t right, started running and he’s pulled a samurai sword from the back of his trouser.

‘She’s shouted to the other neighbour – a Nigerian boy who was on his way to school.

‘As he’s turned around, he’s struck him on the face. 

‘It’s quite traumatising now. I can’t stop envisioning the boy’s face.’

Gana Ignat lives in Andrew Close, across the road from where the attack happened, and witnessed a man leaving the property covered in blood as police arrived. 

She told MailOnline: ‘I saw something happen outside and heard screams, I didn’t understand what had happened and thought maybe it was a child. 

There is heavy damage to the front of the vehicle following a collision this morning

There is heavy damage to the front of the vehicle following a collision this morning 

There remains a heavy police presence in the area

There remains a heavy police presence in the area 

‘My daughter came into my room and said ‘mum, mum something is happening outside’.

‘I went outside and the police shouted ‘no, no please go back in your house’ because he is dead.

‘I went back into the house, on the second floor, and I saw through the window a man in a yellow hoody running quickly through the car park outside, through a garden and past another house.

‘After a few minutes another lady came outside and was frightened and shouting ‘police, police, ambulance’ because he was in the house.

‘The husband or brother maybe, I don’t know, went outside and his hand and arm were covered in blood.

‘I saw a woman down on the floor but I couldn’t see what had happened to her because of all of the police and ambulances. And then there was the other man covered in blood.

‘I saw a man running away and after that I don’t know, I saw all the police and a helicopter.’

Another local resident described hearing screaming and shouting early on Tuesday before seeing police cordoning off a nearby road. 

Mr Bell said the suspect had been tasered at the scene and arrested 22 minutes after the first call to police was made

Mr Bell said the suspect had been tasered at the scene and arrested 22 minutes after the first call to police was made

New North Road resident Ray Leigh Mason, 44, said ‘I heard a shout, something along the lines of ‘there’s nothing you can do mate’, then screaming.

Timeline: How the Hainault knife rampage unfolded

This is what we know so far about the terrifying sword attack in east London

6.54am

Police race to Thurlow Gardens area of Hainault after reports a car has driven into a house and multiple stabbings.

7.15am 

 A 36-year-old man is arrested.

7am to 9am

Social media footage emerges of suspect in a yellow hoodie wielding a sword on Laing Close and Franklyn Gardens.

7.30am 

Hainault Tube station closes. Critical incident declared.

9.24am

The London Fire Brigade declares the incident over.

10.04am

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan posts on X that he is ‘absolutely devastated’ by the incident.

 10.30am

The London Ambulance Service confirms five people have been rushed to hospital.

12.53 pm

Police confirm a 14-year-old boy has been killed and that four others, including two police officers, have been hospitalised.  

‘The shouting must’ve been around 06.50am and at the time of it occurring, I wrongly assumed it was neighbours arguing, which quite often happens at all hours.

‘I should’ve been up earlier and likely would be outside as it happened, but I stayed in bed an extra 15 minutes.

‘I looked out of the window to see the police arriving and cordoning off the road. I was told to stay inside, which I did for some time. I then needed to leave for work but with the station closed, I was escorted away down New North Road and needed to walk to Fairlop station.’

A resident in Thurlow Gardens, who wished to remain anonymous, said the suspect was tasered in his garden.

They said the man jumped over the fence before being held down by police, and the householder had submitted CCTV to the authorities.

The resident’s neighbour, who also wanted to remain anonymous, witnessed the arrest, saying: ‘I heard police sirens and then the car stopped here for three seconds, which was a bit odd. I opened the door and I could see armed police officers.

‘I saw a gentleman, a white guy, running, being chased by the police.

‘He went into that driveway and he was being tasered, being told to stop, then he jumped into that other neighbour’s driveway there.

‘He was being tasered, went to the floor with all the armed police officers around and he was subdued there for half an hour.’

Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement this afternoon that the 14-year-old boy died in hospital and that the two officers require surgery for serious injuries.

The police have said that they do not believe the incident is currently terror related. 

Describing the arrest, Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell  said the suspect had been tasered at the scene and arrested 22 minutes after the first call to police was made.

He said: ‘A 36-year-old is currently in custody. He was tasered here at the scene and arrested 22 minutes after the first call was made to police shortly before 7am this morning.

‘Two of those members of the public remain in hospital. Thankfully their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

‘The two Met Police officers are also currently in hospital with stab wounds. Both require surgery and have significant injuries, but we believe at this stage that they were not life threatening.’ 

It is not believed that the injuries to either of the two police officers are life threatening

It is not believed that the injuries to either of the two police officers are life threatening 

Eyewitnesses have said that the suspect was tasered and arrested in a back garden

Eyewitnesses have said that the suspect was tasered and arrested in a back garden 

Reacting to this afternoon’s tragic developments, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘I’m sure I speak for the entire city when I say our thoughts are with this young child and his family, It breaks my heart not only that this child has lost his life, but two members of our emergency services have risked their own safety to make sure others weren’t injured.

‘It shows the danger our police officers face every day and I thank them for their bravery.’

When pushed on whether knife crime had got ‘out of control’ under his premiership, the mayoral candidate said he hadn’t thought about the election since he heard of this morning’s incident and his focus was on those caught up in the event.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace has said King Charles has ‘saluted’ the courage of the police. 

They said: ‘Following the horrific scenes in Hainault this morning, The King has asked to be kept fully informed as details of the incident become clearer. 

‘His thoughts and prayers are with all those affected – in particular, the family of the young victim who has lost his life – and he salutes the courage of the emergency services who helped contain the situation.’

Emergency services outside Hainault tube station this morning

Emergency services outside Hainault tube station this morning 

Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement this afternoon that the 14-year-old boy died in hospital and that the two officers require surgery for serious injuries

Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement this afternoon that the 14-year-old boy died in hospital and that the two officers require surgery for serious injuries

Another different local told The Sun that he saw a man covered in blood standing by his front door. 

Peter Rollison said: ‘I live in Laing Close and made my way to Hainault Station this morning.

‘There were a lot of police cars around the corner from me. I stopped from a distance to look at all the commotion, then continued with my journey.

‘There was a man in his home with his door open, his hand and arm covered in blood.’

A university law student has also told of told how the ‘Hainault swordsman’ resisted arrest when he was surrounded by police in a quiet residential road.

Evelina Deliu said: ‘I was woken up by loud noise outside my bedroom window. I saw this man in next door garden cowering on the ground by the banana tree.

There were police all around him. He was struggling with them. The police were shouting ‘get down, get down!’ 

Police have said they do not believe there is any further risk to the public following the event

Police have said they do not believe there is any further risk to the public following the event 

A 36-year-old man has been arrested whilst police continue their enquiries

A 36-year-old man has been arrested whilst police continue their enquiries

Police have said they are not treating the horrifying incident as terror-related

Police have said they are not treating the horrifying incident as terror-related 

‘It took six or seven people to get him down. There was a lady (police officer) with them. 

‘They were trying to tie him up and put him in hand cuffs. But he was moving his legs and trying to get out. 

‘The police were shouting ‘dont resist, don’t resist!’ They had to carry him to the car because he was tied up. 

‘Then the police started picking things up and putting them in evidence bags.’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the Hainault stabbings were ‘shocking’, adding that ‘such violence has no place on our streets’.

Speaking at the Society of Editors conference in central London, he said: ‘I’d like to give my thanks to the emergency teams that are responding and to pay tribute to their bravery.’

Home Secretary James Cleverly said his thoughts are with those ‘affected’ by the horror incident in east London this morning. 

He posted on X: ‘I am being regularly updated about the incident at Hainault Station this morning.

‘My thoughts are with those who have been affected and thank you to the emergency responders I would urge people not to speculate or share footage online and provide relevant information to the police.’

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan added: ‘This must have been a terrifying incident for those concerned.

‘I know the wider community will be feeling shock and alarm. People will want to know what has happened and will we provide more information as soon as we can.’

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: ‘Firefighters were mobilised to assist police and London Ambulance Service colleagues at an incident near Hainault Underground Station.

Police cars spotted on a road near to Hainault tube station today

Police cars spotted on a road near to Hainault tube station today 

Several police cars and fire engines have been spotted outside the station in east London

Several police cars and fire engines have been spotted outside the station in east London

Police officers gather outside the tube station in east London as they respond to a 'serious incident'

Police officers gather outside the tube station in east London as they respond to a ‘serious incident’ 

People were seen gathering on the road outside Hainault tube station and a helicopter circling overhead

People were seen gathering on the road outside Hainault tube station and a helicopter circling overhead

Redbridge Borough Police confirmed on X that they were responding to an incident in the Hainault area

Redbridge Borough Police confirmed on X that they were responding to an incident in the Hainault area

Police tape around a van on Laing Close in Hainault, east London following reported stabbings

Police tape around a van on Laing Close in Hainault, east London following reported stabbings

‘Crews supported London Ambulance Service crews in the provision of immediate emergency care.

‘The Brigade was called at 7.35am and the incident was over for firefighters by 9.24am.

‘Fire crews from Dagenham, Walthamstow, Ilford, Romford, Hainault, East Ham and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.’

Wes Streeting MP posted on X: ‘A critical incident has been declared in Hainault. There are station and road closures in place. 

‘The police, ambulance service and fire brigade are responding. One male detained.

‘I would urge people not to speculate until details are confirmed or post footage on social media.’

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