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05 August 2011
The man was killed by armed police after a police surveillance operation in Tottenham Hale.
Today local MP David Lammy appealed for calm in the community amid fears of a backlash from locals.
Officers from Operation Trident, which deals with gun crime in the black community, had attempted to arrest the man while he was travelling in a minicab.
A gun was found at the scene and a spokesman for the independent police watchdog said it appeared the officer was shot first before police returned fire.
However, one eyewitness claimed the suspect was killed as he lay on the ground in Ferry Lane.
The dead man, named locally as Mark Duggan, 29, apparently twice refused to stop after being ordered to by officers who were following him near Tottenham Hale station.
He and a friend were in a people carrier in Ferry Lane at about 6pm yesterday when they were surrounded by police. Sources said the victim was a "well-known gangster" who had been under surveillance by officers investigating gun crime in a pre-planned operation.
However, there are conflicting reports about the shooting. One report said the gunman opened fire at an officer whose life was saved when the bullet hit his radio. The officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries and discharged last night.
However, a 20-year-old witness, who works nearby but did not want to be named, said: "I was coming home from work when I saw it all happening in front of my eyes.
"I came around the corner and saw about six unmarked police cars cornering a people carrier near a bus stop.
"I heard the police shout something like 'Don't move' and I saw them drag the driver out of the car. I don't know if they dragged the other guy out in the passenger seat. He was the one who got shot - the passenger.
"About three or four police officers had both men pinned on the ground at gunpoint. They were really big guns and then I heard four loud shots. The police shot him on the floor."
The dead man's girlfriend Simone Wilson, 29, said she was "shocked" to learn her boyfriend of 13 years was carrying a gun.
But she said Mr Duggan, also known as Starrish Mark, had become increasingly paranoid after his cousin Kelvin Easton, a rapper known as Smegz, was fatally stabbed in a nightclub in March.
She told the Standard: "Maybe he needed it for protection because he was worried. It is such a shock. They say he shot at police first but I just can't believe it."
His sister, Kay, 38, said: "They said he shot at police but I just can't understand it, he had his kids, his life - I'd have killed him if he'd have done anything like that. Everyone is totally devastated."
Miss Wilson has two sons aged 10 and seven and a daughter with Mr Duggan. Another daughter, Kyla Caprice was stillborn two years ago. He had another daughter with another woman.
Miss Wilson has not yet broken the news to her children. She said: "I don't know how I'm going to tell them. It's just so terrible."
Scotland Yard said it had passed the investigation into the shooting to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Tottenham MP David Lammy said: "I am obviously shocked and deeply worried. [The IPCC] will need to establish the facts and communicate these facts quickly."
The IPCC said Operation Trident detectives supported by specialist firearms officers stopped the minicab to carry out an arrest.
The operation had been planned in advance and two shots were fired by a marksman armed with a Hecker & Koch MP5 carbine.
An IPCC spokesman said a "non-police issue" handgun was also found at the scene.
He said that the exact sequence of events had yet to be determined but earlier a spokesman said the suspect had fired first.
The injured officer was a member of the CO19 specialist firearms unit and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but has since been discharged.
The IPCC said it was in the process of contacting the man's family to explain its role in the investigation and was also talking to the local MP David Lammy.
IPCC Commissioner, Rachel Cerfontyne, said: "Fatal shootings by the police are extremely rare and understandably raise significant community concerns.
"The IPCC will always conduct the investigations into such shootings to ensure that the public can be confident they are fully independent. I will make certain that this investigation is thorough and answers the many questions that everyone has when such an incident occurs.
"I fully recognise how distressing and disturbing this must be for the family and the local community."
"Any witnesses to what happened will make a vital contribution to our evidence gathering, so I would urge anyone who saw the incident to contact us as a matter of urgency."
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