The police watchdog will look into why the gunman who shot five people was legally licensed with a firearm.
Jack Dawson, 22, shot and killed his own mother, Maxine Four other people before the shooting, including three-year-old Sophie Martin, her father Lee, 43, Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66.
Davison was using what he described as a “pump action shot gun” to strike. Plymouth Live reports.
And Guardian Reports that Davison revoked his firearms license in December – but was reinstated by police last month.
The newspaper said Davison had suspended his license due to concerns about his “suitability” of firearms, but had been reinstated after attending an anger management course last month.
Now, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which investigates the most serious incidents and allegations against the police, will investigate how Davison was legally allowed to own a shotgun. ۔
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: “As previously stated by Devon and Cornwall police, the firearms are believed to have been legally in the possession of the perpetrator.
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“Surrounding conditions that are now subject to mandatory referral to the IOPC by Devon and Cornwall police.
“Police are investigating 13 scenes inside the siege in Keyham, which is expected to be mostly over the weekend.”
At a press conference earlier today, Chief Constable Sean Sawyer said: “We can confirm that Mr. Dawson is a firearms license holder.
“I am unable to confirm whether it was a firearm that was used.”
Chief Constable Sawyer added that there would be an independent review of how Davison was licensed, as well as how the police force dealt with Thursday evening’s incidents.
Chief Constable Sawyers added: “As part of the investigation into this or any shooting, we will look into where the Devon and Cornwall police licensed the licensee – this will be an independent review and we are in touch. Are
“Whether independent government police want to do so or whether it is done by another force – we will confirm it later.”
Police are currently unable to confirm the exact motive for the killings, but they are not considering any links to terrorism or any right-wing groups.
Chief Constable Sawyers said: “There is no reason for this. As far as we know, it will be subject to re-investigation. Not considering
“But he is clearly on social media and that will be part of our investigation.”