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Metropolitan Police Service firearms officers acquitted following non-fatal police shooting in Wimbledon

Two Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers were acquitted  on 11th October of causing grievous bodily harm with intent connected to the non-fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man during a police operation in Wimbledon in December 2018.

The trial of Police Constables Matthew Walton and Benjamin Hughes, attached to the Specialist Firearms Command, was due to start at Southwark Crown Court on Monday but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence against the officers.

We understand that this arises from the position in a related prosecution. As those proceedings are ongoing, we are unable to comment further.

At the time of the shooting, MPS officers from the Serious Crime Directorate, assisted by firearms officers, were carrying out a pre-planned operation into a suspected cash in transit robbery.

We concluded our investigation in November 2019 and in January 2020 we referred a file of evidence to the CPS which authorised the charges against the officers. We also passed our report and its findings to the MPS.

We decided the officers had a case to answer for gross misconduct, because they may have breached police professional standards for their use of force, and in June 2020 we directed the force to organise a disciplinary hearing.

Channel website: https://policeconduct.gov.uk/

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