Central London was in ruins this morning after "Super-man" Dean Fisk was horrifically killed last night in a massive pitched battle with Army Special Forces units which left two people dead and 35 injured.
The popular super-hero, whose amazing antics have gripped the nation since his sudden appearance two months ago, was shot down by a squadron of attack helicopters at 9.55pm. The Army opened fire after Fisk, 25, refused to surrender. One helicopter pilot tragically died in the attack, shot by his own side as Fisk tried desperately to rescue him from a blazing helicopter.
The demolished south side of London's Embankment resembled a war-zone this morning. Most of the riverbank was destroyed or burnt, smoke was still rising from some craters and the enormous Millennium wheel had completely collapsed, smashing everything underneath it.
A large marquee covered the spot where Fisk was blown to pieces by deadly Sidewinder missiles, identical to those used in the Gulf War.
The incredible battle caused damage estimated at over £4 million - including the London Aquarium and the unfinished Millennium Wheel, both of which were totally destroyed in the chaos.
A spokesman for the Fisk family refused to comment on Fisk's horrific death last night. Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Allcock was unavailable but Major-General Charles Montague-Heath, commander of the Special Forces Unit that killed Fisk, told The Mirror "My men did an excellent job in very difficult circumstances, they are all to be congratulated on their restraint and professionalism".
The drama began at 9:20pm last night when police were called to the beer garden of the George Canning pub in Brixton, south London, where Fisk was drinking with friends. He had been on the run from charges of cocaine possession brought against him last week.
Nearby streets had to be evacuated as police cordoned off the pub. Using loud-hailers, officers in full riot-gear called for Fisk to give himself up.
Pub regular Saffron Walker told us, "Police shouted at Dean to surrender or else."
When Fisk didn't reply police fired CS gas into the crowded pub hoping to catch him. The dangerous choking gas caused two people to be hospitalised, but still didn't stop Fisk. Said Saffron, "Dean was a bit drunk but he flew into the air towards the river because he didn't want anyone else to get hurt. The police just jumped into their vans and left us there choking."
Army Special Forces Units with tanks and attack helicopters tracked Fisk to the Thames Embankment just minutes later.
A half-mile wide area around the Embankment was evacuated and by 9:45pm Fisk and the Army units were left facing each other across the river.
An eyewitness watching from a nearby tower block said Fisk sat quietly on the top of the Millennium Wheel while police and the Army shouted at him through loud-hailers to surrender.
At 9.50pm Fisk jumped off the Wheel and landed on the riverbank where he put his hands up to surrender. Apparently unprovoked, a shot was fired at him which would have killed a normal man. But the troops were stunned as he simply jumped back up again unharmed and dusted himself off. His famous glow flashed like lightning, which panicked the Army into opening fire.
Fisk zoomed into the sky then dived onto the turret of one tank and smashed it. He then dodged a Sidewinder missile which hit the London Aquarium behind and completely destroyed it.
Fisk grabbed the helicopter which fired the missile and forced it to crash into the Thames, leaving father-of-two Flight-Lieutenant Terrance Crews, 39, trapped inside the burning helicopter. As Fisk tried to rescue him, three stray bullets killed the luckless pilot.
Heavy machine-gun fire bounced off Fisk but still he carefully returned the pilot's bullet-riddled body back to the sinking helicopter and stood quietly in the middle of the river.
It was then that the helicopters fired four deadly missiles, blasting Fisk across the river into the middle of the Millennium Wheel. Tangled, spread-eagled, in the Wheel's cables, Fisk was an easy target for a final barrage of missiles which blew the trapped and helpless hero apart.