Police officer suspended after London man Jermaine Baker is shot dead
A police firearms officer has been suspended and could face prosecution for murder after a man was shot dead during an alleged attempt to spring two convicts from a prison van.
Jermaine Baker (28), from Tottenham in north London, died from a single gunshot wound during the police operation near Wood Green Crown Court on Friday.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has launched a criminal homicide investigation into the death.
This could see the police officer face murder or manslaughter charges.
The highly unusual move marks an escalation in the IPCC investigation, which began on Friday as a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death began.
In a statement, the IPCC said: "The IPCC has launched a homicide investigation into Mr Baker's death. The launch of a criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow."