Man shot by police in Tottenham
Posted on: Friday, August 05, 2011
The Met released this statement late on Thursday, August 4:
At approx. 18:15 hrs on Thursday, 04 August there was a shooting incident in Ferry Lane , near Jarrow Road, N17.
One male has been pronounced dead at the scene.
One police officer, a man, has been taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.
The Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed.
Reports in media:
According to the Telegraph, an IPCC spokesman said:
'We do not know the order the shots were fired. 'We understand the officer was shot first before the male was shot.'
UPDATE (5/8/11): More from the IPCC:
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 email@example.com.
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.”
The man killed has been named (unofficially) as Mark Duggan, 29, also known as 'Starish'. The picture below was posted by a Twitter user as part of the following tribute.
RIP mr mark duggan real general O:) http://yfrog.com/kfrrqqoj
Link to Daily Mail story suggesting the victim was an 'elder' from the 'notorious Broadwater Farm Estate'
UPDATE (6 August): Riot in Tottenham in protest at the shooting - Guardian
UPDATE (8 August): Profile of Mark Duggan in Guardian
Sources: Firearms officers involved in Mark Duggan shooting have never claimed they were fired on.
UPDATE (9/8):Tottenham man shot by single bullet (to chest) - BBC report
The IPCC later released this statement saying that Mark Duggan had two gunshot wounds (to the chest and bicep) and there was 'no evidence that the handgun found at the scene was fired during the incident':
The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan is continuing today, with investigators examining statements, as well as analysing results of forensic tests and awaiting further results.
The IPCC is carrying out a full CCTV trawl of the area, as well as CCTV from buses in the area at the time. Our investigators will be examining recordings of radio transmissions from both police and London Ambulance Service, including 999 calls with a view to tracing further witnesses. We will also be examining any intelligence and surveillance material leading up to the planning of the operation.
At this stage, it has been established that at approximately 6.15pm on Thursday 4 August 2011, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Trident and SCD 11 accompanied by officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command (CO19), stopped a silver Toyota Estima people carrier minicab in Ferry Lane, close to Tottenham Hale tube station in Tottenham to carry out an arrest.
Mark Duggan was a passenger in the minicab. What happened next is subject to the independent investigation.
Two shots were fired by one CO19 firearms officer.
Paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended along with medics from the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) but Mr Duggan was pronounced dead at scene at 6.41pm.
A non-police issue handgun was recovered from the scene.
A post mortem examination concluded that Mr Duggan was killed by a single gun shot wound to the chest. He also received a second gunshot wound to his right bicep.
The IPCC commissioned tests by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) who have so far confirmed that:
• The bullet lodged in the MPS radio is a “jacketed round”. This is a police issue bullet and, whilst it is still subject to DNA analysis, it is consistent with having been fired from an MPS Heckler and Koch MP5.
• The firearm found at the scene was a converted BBM ‘Bruni’ self loading pistol. This is not a replica; the scientist considers it to be a firearm for the purposes of the Firearms Act and a prohibited weapon and is therefore illegal.
• The handgun was found to have a “bulleted cartridge” in the magazine, which is being subject to further tests.
At this stage there is no evidence that the handgun found at the scene was fired during the incident. The FSS has told the IPCC that it may not be possible to say for certain whether the handgun was fired, however further tests are being carried out in an attempt to establish this.
The officer whose radio was hit was taken to Homerton Hospital where he was examined and discharged later that night.
The minicab driver was not physically injured, but was badly shaken by what he saw. His account along with that of the officers is being examined along with the emerging forensic evidence.
IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “I know this is an incredibly difficult time for Mark Duggan’s family, who have made it abundantly clear that they in no way condone the violence that we have all seen on the streets of London and elsewhere over the past three nights. I am committed to ensuring they are provided with answers from the IPCC about the investigation into Mark’s death as soon as we have them, and I acknowledge their frustration that this can be a lengthy process.
“I know that much of this information has been reported in the media already, alongside much inaccurate speculation. Any concerns expressed by the wider public about a perceived lack of information from the IPCC should be considered in the context that I am only willing to share information once I have had it independently verified and once the people who are directly involved in this case – including Mr Duggan’s family and community leaders – have been fully informed.
“I also have a responsibility to balance the need to provide information, with the need to avoid adversely affecting other judicial and coronial processes. This means that it would not be appropriate for me to put all the information we receive into the public domain as soon as we receive it. I assure you that our findings will be made public as soon as we can legally and legitimately do so
“I will continue to oversee the IPCC investigation and IPCC family liaison managers continue to be on hand to support Mr Duggan’s family while our investigators get on with establishing the facts of this case.”
The shooting took place on Ferry Lane, close to Tottenham Hale tube station, and anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us in confidence on 0800 096 9079 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE 12/8: The IPCC say it is 'possible' they may have verbally misled journalists to believe that shots were exchanged.
Analysis of media coverage and queries raised on Twitter have alerted to us to the possibility that we may have inadvertently given misleading information to journalists when responding to very early media queries following the shooting of Mark Duggan by MPS officers on the evening of 4th August.
The IPCC's first statement, issued at 22.49 on 4th August, makes no reference to shots fired at police and our subsequent statements have set out the sequence of events based on the emerging evidence. However, having reviewed the information the IPCC received and gave out during the very early hours of the unfolding incident, before any documentation had been received, it seems possible that we may have verbally led journalists to believe that shots were exchanged as this was consistent with early information we received that an officer had been shot and taken to hospital.
Any reference to an exchange of shots was not correct and did not feature in any of our formal statements, although an officer was taken to hospital after the incident.