Mark Duggan, the 29-year-old man whose deaths set off London's riots, did not shoot police officers before he was killed, Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission said Tuesday. The IPCC said a CO19 firearms officer shot him twice and that the bullet lodged in a police radio was "consistent with being fired from a police gun."
Duggan was killed last Thursday in Tottenham, north London, when armed officers stopped the minicab in which he was sitting.
The IPCC concluded that Duggan was carrying a loaded gun at the time, but no evidence indicates the weapon had been fired.
The officer who shot and killed Duggan has been suspended pending investigation by the IPCC.
Duggan died from a single gunshot to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:41 p.m.
"Our investigators will be examining recordings of radio transmissions from both police and London ambulance service, including 999 calls, with a view to tracing further witnesses. We will also be examining any intelligence and surveillance material leading up to the planning of the operation," the IPCC said.
After the IPCC hearing, Duggan's family said it felt "distressed" by the riots that have overwhelmed London following his death.
"The families want everyone to know that the disorder going on has nothing to do with finding out what has happened to Mark. They also want people to know they are deeply distressed by the disorder affecting communities across the country," said Helen Shaw from the organization Inquest.