THE DEATH of a Tottenham man last night came after a pre-planned operation to arrest him, police have confirmed.
A 29-year-old man, named locally as father-of-four Mark Duggan, was shot twice by an officer from the Metropolitan Police's specialist firearms team CO19 in Ferry Lane, as part of the force's Operation Trident after a shoot-out at about 6.15pm.
The officer who was shot at appears to have been saved by his police radio, after a bullet was found lodged in it. The officer was taken to hospital but later discharged.
The Independent Police Complaint Commission, which is investigating the shooting, said that officers stopped a minicab in Ferry Lane to arrest the 29-year-old passenger, but the attempt ended in him dying at the scene.
Operation Trident was set up by the Met in 1998 to investigate gun crime in London's black community.
The IPCC said that a post-mortem on the man thought to be Mr Duggan would take place as soon as possible, while investigators would meet his family to explain how the investigation will take place.
Mourners gathered outside Mr Duggan's house in The Roundway this afternoon, barely two miles from where he was killed.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said Mr Duggan “was just a normal bloke”, adding that he was “shocked when he found out he'd been killed”.
On Twitter, user @shennyskyers posted: “Cant stop crying, Mark may u Rest in peace no more u giving me cheeky smile,and me shouting Duggan and u shouting skyers lol lots of love xx”
IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “Fatal shootings by the police are extremely rare and understandably raise significant community concerns.
“I fully recognise how distressing and disturbing this must be for the family and the local community.
“Obviously our investigation is at a very early stage, but I will publish further information and any findings as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call the IPCC on 0800 096 9079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org