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Police chief: 'No one told me Mark Duggan pointed gun'

SHOT DEAD: Mark Duggan was killed by armed police

A FORMER Metropolitan Police commander claims he was not told that Mark Duggan was pointing a gun at officers when he was shot dead by police in August, 2011.

Detective chief superintendent Stuart Cundy, who was in charge of Trident Gang, Crime Command when police intercepted a cab Duggan was travelling in, yesterday gave evidence to the inquest of the fatal shooting of the 29 –year-old in Ferry Lane, Tottenham.

The officer who shot the Tottenham resident claimed he fired in self-defence after Duggan pointed a gun and moved towards him.

But Cundy told jury that when he arrived at the scene he spoke to a number of people and no one suggested Duggan, who is believed to have been a gang member, had moved towards officers with a gun.

He said: “There is nothing in my statement and there was nothing I was ever told that suggested Mark Duggan moved to officers with a gun.”

Cundy added: “I was told that an arm had been raised and but that was it.”

Duggan was shot in the chest and in the bicep by a police marksman. A gun, which allegedly belonged him, was later found in a grassy area over a wall between 10 and 20 feet away from the body.

Michael Mansfield, who represents the Duggan family, asked Cundy if he had any idea how the gun had found its way over the wall.

Cundy replied: “He [Duggan] could have raised his arm to throw the gun away which might have looked he was pointing the gun at an officer.

“He was then shot in the arm and this momentum could have meant the gun went over the wall.

“But this is only a hypothesis – it’s only conjecture and not evidence”

Mansfield then suggested that Cundy spread this theory to other officers after the incident.

However the senior officer denied this and said although he had spoken to officers about this he had made it clear it was just a theory.

The inquest continues.

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