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Update following fatal police shooting in Derby

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is progressing its investigation into the fatal police shooting of a man outside Ascot Drive police station in Derby last Friday (7 October).

Our investigators are working hard to establish all the circumstances surrounding the death of Marius Ciolac, aged 35, a Romanian national with no family in the UK. Although Mr Ciolac has been named, formal identification has yet to take place.  

From information gathered so far, we can confirm that Derbyshire Constabulary officers in an armed response vehicle were called to the building by the force control room at around 9.55am after officers inside reported seeing a man with a knife in the police station car park causing damage to property. This included smashing glass in the entrance door from the car park and windows around it.

We have established that attempts were made to stop him, including use of a multi-bang stun grenade, discharge of a baton round and a Taser, before a police firearm was discharged at about 10.03am. Mr Ciolac was provided with first aid by officers and paramedics at the scene before being taken by ambulance to hospital in Nottingham, where he sadly died later that morning.

We can confirm one shot was fired from a police issue firearm, which will be subject to further ballistics tests. Three knives of various sizes were recovered from the scene.   

The provisional finding of a post mortem examination held on Monday (10 October) was that Mr Ciolac died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.  

IOPC Regional Director Derrick Campbell yesterday said:

“We have made contact with Mr Ciolac’s family in Romania and Italy to explain our role, and our heartfelt sympathies are with them and everyone else affected by this tragic incident.

“A lot of rumour about the tragic events of Friday morning has been reported and while it is natural for people to want answers quickly about what happened, I would ask that people show patience and refrain from further speculation out of respect for Mr Ciolac’s family and for everyone involved.

“We are committed to carrying out a full and thorough investigation of all the circumstances. While there is still a lot of work to do, we have gathered initial accounts from the officers involved and other witnesses from the emergency services. CCTV footage has been reviewed and we are gathering a large amount of police body worn video.

“We are also in the process of contacting members of the public identified as potential witnesses who may be able to assist our inquiries.”

All police officers are being treated as witnesses at this stage.

HM Coroner has been informed and an inquest will open in due course.


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