Jermaine Baker: Fatal shooting of unarmed man lawful but Met criticisedon July 5, 2022 at 2:33 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Jermaine Baker was shot dead by an officer during an attempt to free an inmate from a prison van.

Jermaine Baker

The Metropolitan Police operation that led to officers fatally shooting an unarmed man in north London was lawful, an inquiry has found.

Jermaine Baker, 28, was shot dead by an armed officer during a foiled attempt to free an inmate from a prison van near Wood Green Crown Court in 2015.

However, the inquiry noted there were numerous failures throughout the operation.

No live firearm was found inside the car in which Mr Baker was shot.

Mr Baker was one of three men waiting in a stolen Audi to break out inmate Izzet Eren, a senior member of the notorious Tottenham Turks gang.

The inquiry heard officers had intelligence that the group had been unable to obtain a real gun, but this information was not passed on to the firearms team who confronted the men.

Map showing where the shooting happened

Mr Baker may have been asleep at the time he was shot and may have misunderstood contradictory instructions shouted by armed officers who challenged the men in the Audi, the inquiry was told.

A police bug in the car captured a wall of noise with some officers telling the group to raise their hands.

The officer, known only as W80, said he had instructed Mr Baker to put his hands on the dashboard.


Image source, PA

W80 told the inquiry he was convinced the men would be armed and would fight their way out rather than surrender when challenged by armed police.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to bring criminal charges against W80 in 2017.

Presentational grey line

Follow BBC London on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
- Advertisement -




Ukraine war: Boris Johnson travels to Kyiv to meet Volodymyr Zelenskyon June 17, 2022 at 3:37 pm

The PM offers a military training programme which he says could "change the equation of the war".Prime Minister Boris Johnson has travelled to Kyiv,...

Libby Squire: Mother of murdered student wants to meet her killeron February 2, 2022 at 1:53 pm

Lisa Squire says it's been "torturous" not knowing how her daughter Libby, 21, died.The mother of a student murdered and raped by a serial...

Broadband firms ‘must do more to promote social tariffs’on April 5, 2022 at 6:23 pm

The culture secretary says suppliers must do more to promote discounted rates to low-income homes.

Breonna Taylor officer was reckless – prosecutorson February 23, 2022 at 9:37 pm

Ms Taylor was killed during a police raid and her death triggered widespread racial justice rallies.Image source, HandoutA jury is deciding whether a former...

Novavax Covid jab approved by UK drugs regulatoron February 3, 2022 at 1:32 pm

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency says Nuvaxovid is safe as a first and second dose in adults.Image source, ReutersThe UK has approved...