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Man shot dead by police was unarmed, reveals watchdog


THE police watchdog has confirmed the man shot dead this week by police in south London was not armed.

The announceme­nt from the Independen­t Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) came after 24-year-old Chris Kaba’s family demanded a murder investigat­ion is launched without delay.

The watchdog said yesterday a search of the scene finished and “no non-police issue firearm has been recovered from the vehicle or the scene”.

Mr Kaba died when armed police challenged him following a car chase in Lambeth on Monday evening. The IOPC said armed police began pursuing Mr Kaba after his vehicle triggered an automatic number plate recognitio­n (ANPR) indicating that the vehicle had been involved in a firearms incident.

Mr Kaba was hit with a single shot after police boxed in the car in a residentia­l road in Streatham Hill. His death is being investigat­ed by the IOPC.

“We understand at this stage that police officers in an armed response vehicle attempted to stop the vehicle Mr Kaba was in, following the activation of an automatic number plate recognitio­n camera which indicated the vehicle was linked to a firearms incident in the previous days,” the IOPC said.

“We can confirm that around 10pm, as armed officers attempted to stop and contain the vehicle, a single shot was discharged by a police officer.

“CPR was administer­ed by officers at the scene and support was requested from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. Mr Kaba sadly died in hospital later that night.”

The family of Mr Kaba, whose girlfriend was expecting a baby in January, have demanded a criminal investigat­ion and have claimed he would not have been shot were he not black.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said the police watchdog is committed to carrying out a thorough and comprehens­ive investigat­ion to establish all of he facts surroundin­g the shooting.

London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “It’s right that the IOPC is undertakin­g an investigat­ion into the shooting of Chris Kaba, who we now have confirmati­on was unarmed.

“The IOPC is fully aware of the community concern and the importance of transparen­cy.”

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