|He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, looked like one of the "bad guys"... and he ran.
According to a NYTimes report, Scotland Yard says the man shot Friday "...had nothing to do with the investigation into the bombing attacks..." there.
And they say more such shootings could occur.
Note to folks who look like the London bombers: when armed police tell you to stop and surrender, don't run.
crossposted at Balanaced New Blog
UPDATE: According to a poster here, the Brazillian who was shot by the London police did originally enter the country legally (on a student visa), but overstayed his visa and had been working for several years as an electrician. So, as Jerry Pournelle put it in response,
"... it is Niven's Law. If you are illegally entered in a country that is under terror attack, especially one run by Anglo-Normans who have historically been among the most warlike people ever known, be very careful to comply with instructions from the police."
Yep. He knew he was an illegal alien. He had guilt written all over him as he ran. Summary: Capital punishment for stupidity.