Plymouth Shooting: Officers To Be Investigated Over Jake Davison’s Firearm Licence

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Officers with Devon and Cornwall Police will be investigated over the licence given to Jake Davison, the Plymouth gunman who killed five people.

On August 12, the 22-year-old opened fire with a shotgun in the Keyham area of the city, killing his mother, Maxine Davison, 51, shooting three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father, Lee Martyn, 43. He then shot Stephen Washington, 59 and Kate Shepherd, 66, before killing himself. It was the worst mass shooting in Britain since 2010, police said.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has since issued two disciplinary notices to the staff over Davison’s licence, however the decision is still being investigated.

IOPC’s regional director David Ford said, ‘Based on the evidence gathered so far, we have now served disciplinary notices on two individuals within the force to advise them their conduct is subject to investigation. The serving of such notices will be kept under review.’

The IOPC also released a statement which reads, ‘The serving of such notices advises individuals that their conduct is subject to investigation, but does not mean that disciplinary proceedings will necessarily follow.’


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