Public inquiry launched into death of man shot by police marksman

Jermaine Baker
Jermaine Baker

source: The Shropshire Star
published: 12 February 2020

A public inquiry is being launched into the death of Jermaine Baker, who was shot by a police marksman during an attempt to free a prisoner.

The 28-year-old, of Tottenham, north London, died from a single gunshot wound as the Metropolitan Police foiled a break-out attempt near Wood Green Crown Court on December 11 2015.

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the decision in a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday.

She said the inquiry would be launched under the Inquiries Act 2005 to investigate the circumstances of the death and will be led by retired judge Clement Goldstone QC.

The long delay in announcing this inquiry has frustrated learning and accountability and has been dreadful for Jermaine’s family.” said Deb Coles of INQUEST.

The statement said: “Establishing an inquiry is important to ensure that all of the relevant evidence can be properly considered as part of an effective investigation into Mr Baker’s death. It has been necessary to establish an inquiry so as to permit all relevant evidence to be heard.”

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