Aug 08

Did bullet fired at officer belong to police? Father-of-four may not have been using gun before he was shot dead by officers

By Rebecca Camber

Shot dead: The death of father-of-four Mark Duggan (right) sparked the initial riots in Tottenham and rumours spreading ‘like wildfire’ on the internet are thought to have fuelled further unrest in other parts of the capital

* Bullet lodged in officer’s radio was ‘police issue ammunition’
* Casts doubt on claims of a shoot out with police before death
* Duggan was a ‘crack dealer’ linked to string of feared gangs

The bullet which lodged in a police officer’s radio in the gunfight which led to Mark Duggan being shot dead was police issue ammunition, it was reported last night.

The revelation will fuel the fury in Tottenham about the killing of the father of four by armed officers.

The bullet which was found lodged in the radio of one of the officers at the scene is still undergoing forensic tests. It was initially suggested by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that Met officers returned fire after someone in the minicab opened fire.

But sources have said the first ballistics examinations suggested it was police issue.


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