Met officer may face charges over Jermaine Baker shooting death

The Metropolitan police officer who fatally shot Jermaine Baker may face criminal charges following an investigation by the independent police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has referred the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service after uncovering evidence that could point toward a criminal offence.

Baker, 28, from Tottenham, died in 2015 as the result of a single gunshot wound sustained during a Met operation in Bracknell Close, Wood Green.

He was killed as armed police swooped and foiled an attempt to free Izzet Eren as he was being transported from Wormwood Scrubs prison to Wood Green crown court on 11 December.

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said: “On the basis of the evidence we gathered during our homicide investigation, there is an indication a criminal offence may have been committed.

“I will be submitting our evidence to the CPS for it to decide whether or not to bring a prosecution. The evidence relates to the actions of the firearms officer who shot Mr Baker.”

The referral does not necessarily mean criminal charges will follow, the IPCC said. All parties involved have been notified, it added.