IPCC appeals for witnesses to fatal shooting by police in Tottenham
Aug 5, 2011
05 August 2011
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is appealing for witnesses to a fatal shooting by police in Tottenham yesterday evening.
At around 6.15 pm officers from Trident, accompanied by officers from the Specialist Firearms Command (CO19), stopped a minicab in Ferry Lane, Tottenham to carry out an arrest. Shots were fired and a 29-year-old man, who was a passenger in the cab, died at the scene.
The IPCC is asking for anyone who witnessed the incident in Ferry Lane to contact them in confidence on 0800-096-9079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The attempted arrest was part of a pre-planned operation under Trident. It is believed that two shots were fired by a firearms officer, equipped with a Heckler & Koch MP5 carbine. A non-police issue handgun was recovered at the scene. An officer’s radio which appears to have a bullet lodged in it has also been recovered. Both the radio and the handgun are being sent for expedited forensic tests. The exact sequence of events is subject to the IPCC investigation. A CO19 officer was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but has since been discharged.
The MPS referred the incident to the IPCC yesterday evening and our investigators were swiftly deployed to the scene to begin an independent investigation. Photographic and forensic examination of the scene began yesterday evening and is continuing today. A search and trawl for any relevant CCTV footage of the incident is ongoing. The IPCC is in the process of contacting the man’s family to explain its role in the investigation now underway. The deceased is local to the area. The IPCC's Commissioner is also in close contact with local MP David Lammy.
A post mortem is due to be carried out as soon as possible. It is normal procedure for the IPCC to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances of any police fatal shooting.
IPCC Commissioner, Rachel Cerfontyne, said: "Fatal shootings by the police are extremely rare and understandably raise significant community concerns. The IPCC investigates all fatal shootings - I know that independence is also vital for community confidence. I will make certain that this investigation is thorough and answers the many questions that everyone has when such an incident occurs. I fully recognise how distressing and disturbing this must be for the family and the local community. Obviously our investigation is at a very early stage, but I will publish further information and any findings as soon as possible. We were able to send our own investigators to the scene very quickly yesterday, which meant that the IPCC took control of the investigation promptly. Any witnesses to what happened will make a vital contribution to our evidence gathering, so I would urge anyone who saw the incident to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
For media enquiries please contact the IPCC press office on 0207-166-3239
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