An inquest into the death of a man who killed four people in the Westminster terror attack began today (March 30).
The coroner opened and adjourned the hearing for British national Khalid Masood, also known as Adrian Russell Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao.
Detective Superintendent John Crossley, who is leading the police investigation under Operation Classific, gave evidence into the circumstances of the 52-year-old's death.
An outline was provided under the authority of senior coroner for Westminster, Dr Fiona Wilcox.
On Wednesday (March 22) at around 2.40pm a man drove a Hyundai, number plate EK66 RWO, northbound over Westminster Bridge travelling towards the Palace of Westminster, the court heard.
DS Crossley said: "The driver mounted the pavement twice in an apparently deliberate attempt to target pedestrians before mounting the pavement for a final time and crashing the car into the east perimeter gates of the Palace of Westminster.
"The man then left the car armed with two large knives and ran into the vehicle entrance gateway known as Carriage Gates, at the north perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster.
"The man attacked a police officer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster with the knives causing grave wounds and killing the officer - PC Keith Palmer.
"The attacker was then shot by a police firearms officer."
The court heard the attacker, Masood, died at the scene and his time of death was recorded as 3.35pm.
More than 35 people were injured and the incident lasted 82 seconds.
Retired Leslie Rhodes, 75, was taken to hospital where he died as a result of his injuries the following day.
One person remains in hospital in a coma, suffering extensive injuries, the court was told.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the circumstances of Masood's death.
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