“All the years I’ve known him, he’s never done anything like this, he’s never been in trouble with the police, he’s always been a straight shooter,” the suspect’s cousin said.
“I’ve known him all his life, he’s not got a bad bone in his body. He’s always gone to school, he’s got a good education, “he added.
Police negotiators are believed to have spoken with the family on Sunday afternoon.
Another relative added: “He’s … not a naughty boy, none of that stuff. He’s really nice and a religious guy, a load of people give him respect.
“We’re just shocked.”
Condition ‘not life-threatening’
The aftermath of the incident was caught on camera and shared on social media, showing a heavy police presence, including officers in riot gear, down a residential London road.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, 10 April police were called to report of a man armed with a machete suffering a mental health crisis at an address in Skelton Road, E7.
Officers attended – one officer received a slash injury to his arm and has been taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life threatening.
Officers remain on the scene and are attempting to engage with the man.
“The incident remains ongoing at this time.”
The incident happened on Cressida Dick’s last day as the Commissioner of the Met Police, a tenure that saw numerous violent knife crime incidents across the capital and an increase in assaults on police officers.