Public inquiry opens into Met police killing of unarmed Jermaine Baker

Jermaine Baker
Jermaine Baker

source: The Guardian
published: 14 June 2021

A public inquiry into the death of an unarmed man shot by a Metropolitan police marksman during a foiled prison break has heard that a bug in the getaway car picked up the occupants saying they did not have a real gun.

The opening day of the hearing on Monday also heard that Jermaine Baker may have been asleep shortly before armed police descended on the car and he was shot.

Baker, a father of two, was among a group of men trying in December 2015 to spring Izzet Eren free, as he was being brought in a prison van from Wormwood Scrubs to Wood Green crown court in north London for sentencing for a firearms offence.

Baker, 28, died of a single gunshot wound inflicted by a police marksman known only as W80, who said he thought Baker – who was sitting in the front passenger seat of a stolen Audi waiting for the van – was reaching for a gun.

It emerged at the inquiry on Monday that W80 went missing, was declared “a high-risk missing person” and tried to kill himself shortly after the fatal shooting.

W80 was arrested on suspicion of murder but was never charged and ultimately the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue any criminal charges against him.

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