Plymouth shootings: Police watchdog investigating gunman’s firearm license issues disciplinary notices

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Plymouth shootings: Police watchdog investigating gunman’s firearm license issues disciplinary notices


A watchdog investigating the decision to grant Plymouth shooter Jake Davison a shotgun license has issued two disciplinary notices to staff at Devon and Cornwall Police.

Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) regional director David Ford said: “Based on the evidence gathered so far, we have now served disciplinary notices on two people within the force for inform them that their conduct is under investigation. The service of such notices will be kept under review. “

In a statement, the IOPC said, “Service of such notices informs individuals that their conduct is being investigated, but does not mean that disciplinary proceedings will necessarily follow. “

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Davison first shot his mother, Maxine Davison, 51, in Keyham before killing Sophie Martyn, three, and her father, Lee Martyn, 43.

Jake Davison, 22, killed five people with a shotgun before committing suicide, in a 12 minute attack August 12.

The investigators assessed the conduct of Devon and Cornwall Police personnel who were directly involved in processing and verifying Davison’s original request for a shotgun certificate in 2017.

They also looked into how Davison’s handling of an assault on two youngsters in September last year and the decision to return the gun to him in July of this year.

A member of the police staff received a notice of serious misconduct for processing his request for a shotgun certificate and the subsequent decision to return it to him weeks before the murders, the IOPC said.

A police officer, charged with investigating the assaults in 2020, also received a notice of misconduct.

The IOPC said it was investigating whether the officer had “appropriately shared information” with the force’s firearms and explosives licensing department regarding Davison’s involvement in the force. a violent offense.

She added that she is examining whether the officer took the appropriate steps to seize the apprentice crane operator’s shotgun certificate, shotgun and ammunition.

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The mass shooting started on Biddick Drive in Plymouth

Davison first shot his mother, Maxine Davison, 51, in Keyham before killing three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father, Lee Martyn, 43 ans.

Davison then shot Stephen Washington, 59 ans and Kate Shepherd, 66, before turning the gun on him.

The investigation into the deaths of Davison’s victims opened Aug. 19, with police providing evidence on the circumstances of the killings.

The inquest heard that Davison had an argument with his mother before shooting her in the head at the start of his attack, and the other victims did not know him.

Devon and Cornwall Police Deputy Chief Constable Jim Nye said the force was “fully cooperating” with the investigation and “supporting” its staff throughout the process.

He reiterated the argument put forward by the IOPC Fund that the opinions do not mean that disciplinary proceedings will necessarily follow.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic incident. As the IOPC investigation continues, we have already fully complied with a national review of firearms licensing procedures and have commissioned an independent review of our own processes, ”he said. added.

IOPC Regional Director David Ford offered his “heartfelt condolences to all affected” by the traumatic events of August 12th.

“We still have important investigative work to undertake but we continue to make good progress in our investigations,” he said.

“We are reviewing a substantial amount of information gathered from Devon & Cornwall Police and beyond and the force has continued to cooperate fully with our independent investigation. “

Mr Ford added that the IOPC Fund intended to complete its investigation before the end of this year.

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