Po­lice marks­man faces sack over shoot­ing

Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Is­abella Fish

A PO­LICE marks­man could be sacked over the fa­tal shoot­ing of a sus­pect dur­ing a failed prison van es­cape, the po­lice watch­dog an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The of­fi­cer, known as W80 for le­gal rea­sons, was told by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice last year that he would not face crim­i­nal charges over the death of Jer­maine Baker in Wood Green, north Lon­don, in De­cem­ber 2015.

But the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC) said that the Metropoli­tan Po­lice will hold a gross mis­con­duct hear­ing hav­ing car­ried out an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 28-year-old’s death.

An­nounc­ing the de­ci­sion, IOPC re­gional di­rec­tor Sarah Green said: ‘I have de­ter­mined that in the spe­cific cir­cum­stances of this case, a hear­ing could make a find­ing of gross mis­con­duct.’

The de­ci­sion met with anger from W80’s col­leagues who said it threat­ened of­fi­cers with ‘los­ing their jobs for pro­tect­ing the pub­lic’.

W80 could be sacked if the tri­bunal con­cludes he used ex­ces­sive force when he shot Mr Baker dead.

Ken Marsh, chair­man of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, which rep­re­sents Lon­don’s rank and file of­fi­cers, told the Daily Tele­graph: ‘Firearms of­fi­cers are some of the bravest and highly skilled of­fi­cers who are ex­pected to make split-sec­ond de­ci­sions that are then an­a­lysed over many years.

‘It is no won­der that the Po­lice Ser­vice is strug­gling to re­cruit firearms of­fi­cers when they are threat­ened with los­ing their job af­ter pro­tect­ing the pub­lic.’

Mr Baker, from Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don was killed as armed po­lice foiled an at­tempt to free con­victed crim­i­nal Izzet Eren, while he was be­ing taken from Worm­wood Scrubs prison to Wood Green Crown Court on De­cem­ber 11.

Mr Baker and two other men were wait­ing in a car. W80 said he had acted in self-defence and was there­fore told he would not face a mur­der charge.

It was re­vealed af­ter the in­ci­dent that the man was un­armed. How­ever, in­ves­ti­ga­tors later re­cov­ered an im­i­ta­tion firearm from be­hind the driver’s seat.

Shot: Jer­maine Baker

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