It was the best way to deal with a danger­ous sit­u­a­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC) in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing of Robert Haines found that Echo 19, the of­fi­cer who fired the fa­tal shots, was jus­ti­fied in his ac­tions. The IPCC, which had in­ves­ti­ga­tors on the scene within hours of the shoot­ing, re­leased its find­ings, which it had pre­sented to the coroner in Novem­ber 2007, af­ter Mon­day’s ver­dict of law­ful killing from the in­quest. The IPCC found:

The of­fi­cer’s de­ci­sion to dis­charge a firearm was an ap­pro­pri­ate and jus­ti­fi­able re­sponse to the threat Mr Haines pre­sented to him, the pub­lic and his col­leagues.

It was jus­ti­fied for the po­lice to con­duct sur­veil­lance on Mr Haines and other sus­pects in re­la­tion to the se­ries of armed rob­beries.

It was highly un­likely the ar­rest of Mr Haines prior to Oc­to­ber 31 would have pro­vided suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge him with an of­fence. IPCC com­mis­sioner Mike Franklin said Mr Haines’s fam­ily had rightly asked if any­thing could have been done that may have changed the out­come. He said: “Our thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion set out to an­swer those ques­tions and I hope it has helped Mr Haines’s fam­ily and loved ones un­der­stand what hap­pened and why. “The of­fi­cer was re­spond­ing to a clear threat to his and oth­ers’ lives when he dis­charged his gun. “The de­ci­sion mak­ing and plan­ning dur­ing the op­er­a­tion was also sub­jected to re­view and it was found to be pro­fes­sional through­out. “The re­view con­sid­ered whether an ar­rest could have been made at a dif­fer­ent point in the op­er­a­tion. “We con­cluded that any ar­rest be­fore the rob­bery would more than likely not have gath­ered suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge and the de­ci­sion to in­ter­vene as he en­tered the car park pro­vided the best op­por­tu­nity to safely con­trol a dy­namic and po­ten­tially danger­ous sit­u­a­tion.”

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