Plymouth shooting: Police officer given misconduct notice over shotgun application

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The Granthshala Office of Police Conduct has said that a police officer and a police employee have been issued malpractice notices for handling a firearm application from a Plymouth gunman.

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The service of the notices means that Devon and Cornwall Police personnel are under investigation, but it does not mean that they will necessarily be disciplined.

IOPC regional director David Ford said: “Based on the evidence collected so far, we have now served disciplinary notices to two individuals within the force advising them that their conduct is subject to investigation.”


Jake Davison, 22, shot and killed five people in Keyham, Plymouth, on August 12. Following an alleged attack in September that year, the trainee crane operator had his license and shotgun removed by police in December 2020. But after completing the anger management course, the force returned the gun to him.

The watchdog said it was investigating Mr Davison’s shotgun certificate in July 2017 for handing over to a police staff member, as well as his decision to return Mr Davison’s shotgun and shotgun certificate in July this year.

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He said the police officer who was under investigation was responsible for investigating the attacks in 2020 as admitted by Mr. Davison.

A statement said: “We are investigating whether he appropriately shared information with the Department of Firearms and Explosives Licensing about Mr. Davison’s involvement in a violent crime, and whether he has obtained shotgun evidence from Mr. Davison.” Appropriate steps have been taken to confiscate letters, shotguns and ammunition.”

Mr. Ford said the IOPC intended to complete its investigation by the end of the year. They said: “We look forward to submitting a final investigation report, which will determine our findings, to the coroner and Devon and Cornwall Police in December.

“We appreciate the significant public interest in the inquiry. The time of publication of our findings will be determined after consultation with the coroner, taking into account the proceedings of the investigation.”

More to follow…


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