News 10 September 2022

Chris Kaba: Murder Investigation Launched Into Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man

10 September 2022

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by the Metropolitan Police in south London, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has said.

On Monday night, 24-year-old Chris Kaba – who was due to become a father within months, died following a police pursuit of a car ended in Streatham Hill.

The Audi he was driving was hemmed in by two police cars on the residential street of Kirkstall Gardens, before Mr Kaba died after a single shot was fired by a police officer from the specialist firearms command.

The police watchdog said Mr Kaba was driving a vehicle not registered to him that had been flagged by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera that indicated the car had been linked to a firearms incident in the previous days.

However no gun was found in the car Mr Kaba was driving, the watchdog confirmed on Thursday.

A murder investigation has now been launched into the death of Mr Kaba.

In a statement, the IOPC said: “Our investigation team is continuing to gather and review a large amount of evidence, however as this is now a criminal investigation, we are limited in what further information we can provide. The launch of a criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

“We have notified Mr Kaba’s family of this latest development.

“We continue to ask that people avoid speculating about this incident out of respect for Mr Kaba’s family and for everyone else affected.”