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Police officer who shot Jermaine Baker may face charges after watchdog probe

Published 25/11/2016

Jermaine Baker was killed in a police operation near Wood Green Crown Court in London
Jermaine Baker was killed in a police operation near Wood Green Crown Court in London

The Metropolitan police officer who fatally shot Jermaine Baker may face criminal charges following an investigation by the independent police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has referred the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after uncovering evidence that could point toward a criminal offence being committed.

The 28-year-old from Tottenham died in 2015 as the result of a single gunshot wound during a Met Police operation in Bracknell Close, Wood Green.

He was killed as armed police swooped and foiled an attempt to free Izzet Eren as he was being transported from Wormwood Scrubs prison to Wood Green Crown Court on December 11.

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said: "On the basis of the evidence we gathered during our homicide investigation, there is an indication a criminal offence may have been committed.

"I will be submitting our evidence to the CPS for it to decide whether or not to bring a prosecution. The evidence relates to the actions of the firearms officer who shot Mr Baker."

The referral does not necessarily mean criminal charges will follow, the IPCC said.

All parties involved have been notified, it added.

In a statement issued by their solicitor, Mr Baker's family said: "We have very serious concerns about the circumstances in which Jermaine was shot.

"Our priority is to find out the truth and have anyone responsible for his death held to account. We look to the CPS to ensure that justice is done."

Deborah Coles, director of Inquest, said: "Jermaine Baker was one of three men to be fatally shot by police last year.

"We hope that the CPS will be prompt and robust in its investigation of the circumstances that resulted in this, the most extreme use of police force."

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