Jermaine Baker shooting: Firearms officer arrested
17 December 2015
- From the section London
A firearms officer has been arrested and interviewed under caution over the shooting of a man.
Jermaine Baker, 28, was shot dead on 11 December during an alleged attempt to spring two convicts from a prison van in Wood Green, north London.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) told a meeting held to address community tensions that the officer was arrested on Thursday afternoon.
The IPCC has opened a homicide inquiry.
‘No CCTV found’
IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said evidence suggested Mr Baker was in a black Audi when he was shot.
“In that car was what appeared to be a non-police issue firearm,” she said.
She told the meeting the IPCC was taking detailed statements from a number of significant witnesses but at this stage no relevant CCTV had been found.
Further forensic examinations were taking place on the non-police issue firearm and the firearm discharged by the police officer.
Haringey borough commander Victor Olisa said police did not believe Mr Baker was a gang member.
The Police Federation said it wanted to find out why the IPCC was “bandying words about” like homicide.
“I’ve never heard of that before,” said spokesman Ken Marsh.
“It’s a week before Christmas and this individual’s [the officer] life has been thrown into disarray.”
Mr Baker was fatally shot at 09:00 GMT on Friday 11 December close to the back of Wood Green Crown Court.
He died from a single gunshot wound, the IPCC said.
The shooting took place as Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi, 29, and Erun Izzet, 32, were due to be transported to the court for sentencing having pleaded guilty to a range of offences, including possession of a sub-machine gun.
The sentencing went ahead a short time later with both jailed for 14 years.
‘Should not linger’
Earlier on Thursday, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe described the action by the IPCC to launch a homicide investigation as an “unusual turn of events”.
He said: “The difficulty for me, and for us, is that we don’t know what’s led to their conclusion.
“If we got it wrong let’s understand that, if we didn’t let’s understand that and deal with it quickly. I don’t think it should linger on for the community’s sake.”
The Met said it had suspended the firearms officer while the investigation was conducted.
The IPCC said the investigation did not mean criminal charges would necessarily follow.
On Facebook, Jermaine Baker’s girlfriend Tia Demetrio said: “I’m gonna get the truth for him… I will always love him I just got to find strength today and make sure they don’t get away with it.”
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