IPCC findings from investigation into the death of Tony Hanley

10 Nov 2017 03:21 PM

An IPCC investigation into the actions of Metropolitan Police officers found no case to answer for any misconduct during an incident in which a man died in south London.

At around 8pm on 30 January 2016 police were called to Tony Hanley’s home, following reports of an armed incident involving Mr Hanley and his partner. Police officers attended and subsequently found him on a nearby street in possession of a firearm.

Armed officers entered into a short period of negotiation with Mr Hanley, however this proved to be unsuccessful. Police officers then discharged one taser and two baton rounds at Mr Hanley. A short time later Mr Hanley shot himself in the head.

An inquest jury this week returned a narrative verdict.

The IPCC investigation looked at the actions of armed and unarmed officers at the scene including the use of baton rounds and taser. The investigation found the actions of the officers to be appropriate in the circumstances and in line with police policies and procedures.

The investigation also considered a number of complaints by Mr Hanley’s family about the command of the scene, the use of negotiation and the use of non-lethal force. These complaints were not upheld.

The investigation was completed in August 2016 and supplied to the police and the coroner prior to the inquest. At no stage were any officers under investigation.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom said:

“This was a tragic case and my thoughts are with Tony Hanley’s family and friends today.

“I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the officers at the scene that night who witnessed a shocking scene and did all they could to save Mr Hanley’s life. The investigation found they used reasonable and appropriate force to try and protect Mr Hanley and themselves in what must have been incredibly difficult circumstances.”

A copy of the IPCC investigation report will be published shortly.