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'We’ll confirm ballistic results in next 24 hours’

KILLED: Mark Duggan

THE RESULTS of forensic tests carried out on the bullet found lodged in a radio belonging to a police officer involved in the shooting of a 29-year-old man, will be released in the next 24 hours according to the Independent Police Complaints Commissioner (IPCC), Rachel Cerfontyne.

Father of five Mark Duggan received two fatal bullet wounds when The Met’s specialist firearms team CO19 opened fire in Ferry Lane, Tottenham.

The sting had been organised in partnership with Trident, the Met’s special unit for investigating gun crime within the black community.

One officer was taken to hospital, but was quickly discharged.

Last night (Aug 7), The Guardian newspaper reported that a bullet found in the officer’s car radio was police issue, and was not from a non-police gun found at the scene as previously thought, casting further doubt on claims that it was Mr Duggan who shot at police first.

"IPCC investigators are currently liaising with scientists at the Forensic Science Service regarding analysis on ballistics. We would anticipate being in a position to share verified results within the next 24 hours,” Cerfontyne said in a statement earlier today (Aug 8).

"I have been consistently reassured by Mr Duggan’s family that while they still have many unanswered questions, they have sufficient access to and support from the IPCC. Dedicated IPCC family liaison managers are in place and the family know they can call them at any time,” she continued.

Mr Duggan’s death sparked rioting and looting in his Tottenham hometown on Saturday night (Aug 6). Police cars and local shops were burned down after a peaceful protest calling for answers into the killing of Mr Duggan, were not forthcoming.

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