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Islington shooting post mortem findings

A post mortem following the fatal police shooting of a 40-year-old man in a flat in Islington, north London on 5 September has been completed.

The Metropolitan Police Service attended the Shepperton Road address at about 11:14pm on 4 September following a 999 call reporting a disturbance. The area was cordoned off and an ambulance called. The man was shot shortly before 1am and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

The post mortem has found that his cause of death was shock and haemorrhage as the result of a gunshot wound to the back of the left chest. He had also suffered a bullet wound to his upper left arm. IPCC investigators have established that one police officer fired two shots.

A witness statement has been taken from the woman who was in the property and her account and that of the officer who shot the man indicate that she was being held by knifepoint against a wall inside the flat during the incident. The man and woman were known to each other. The exact nature of the relationship is yet to be established.

Statements have been provided by officers who attended the incident and are currently being analysed by IPCC investigators. The officer who fired the shots and a number of others have been requested to attend interviews by IPCC investigators over the coming days.

House-to-house enquiries are nearing completion and as a result a number of witness statements have been taken. IPCC investigators have secured CCTV footage which is being analysed.

Family liaison managers from the IPCC are supporting members of the deceased man’s family and the female victim is also receiving support. The deceased man cannot be named at this stage as he has not been formally identified.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said:

"I have today met with members of the bereaved family, who are very distressed, to extend my condolences and to update them on the progress of our investigation. I would like to assure all those concerned that the circumstances surrounding this tragedy will be investigated thoroughly.

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