Trevor Smith : Police shooting was a lawful killing, an inquest finds

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith

source: BBC News
published: 16 November 2021

A man who was shot dead by police at his home was lawfully killed, an inquest jury has found. Trevor Smith, 52, was killed by a bullet which ricocheted off a bedframe at his Birmingham home in March 2019.

The jury at Birmingham Coroners’ Court found firearms officers had followed correct procedures and the fatal shot was fired because they believed they were in immediate danger.

His family said that they still had “serious concerns” about the operation. He died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest, which was fired in “self-defence”, the jurors heard.

It said the firearms officers, who cannot be identified, had been sent to arrest Mr Smith on 15 March after reports he had threatened his former partner.

The jury found the threshold had been met for an armed response and that it had been agreed the location for the planned arrest was the “safest option” in the interests of the public and the officers themselves.

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