Officer ‘put song titles in shooting evidence’
A Scotland Yard firearms officer is being investigated after it was alleged he inserted song titles into his evidence at the inquest of a barrister shot dead by police.
Mark Saunders was shot by police after a siege at his home in Markham Square, Chelsea, in May 2008. An inquest found that he was lawfully killed.
The officer, who is known only by his codename AZ8, allegedly played a game as he gave evidence under oath at the inquest in September.
He was initially reprimanded by his Metropolitan Police line manager, but yesterday it was announced that the Independent Police Complaints Commission would investigate after senior officers felt a reprimand was insufficient.
AZ8 was one of seven officers who shot Mr Saunders after police responded to reports that the barrister had been firing his shotgun from the window of his home.
Although it has not been confirmed which song titles the officer is alleged to have used, an examination of the transcript reveals several phrases used by AZ8 that are the titles of songs.