Home » Dad-to-be didn’t have a gun when he was shot dead by armed cops, IOPC says

A dad-to-be shot dead by armed police did not have a gun on him when he was killed, an independent investigation has found.

Chris Kaba, 24, died on Monday after police attempted to stop his vehicle when a number plate recognition camera indicated it could be linked to a firearms incident days earlier.

Chris Kaba, 24, died on Monday after being shot by an armed policeman in South London


Chris Kaba, 24, died on Monday after being shot by an armed policeman in South LondonCredit: MyLondon/BPM

An armed officer then fired a single shot at Mr Kaba, fatally wounding him, in Streatham Hill, South London, at around 10pm on Monday.

Despite efforts from police and paramedics, the expectant dad from Wembley, North London, tragically later died in hospital.

A detailed search of the scene has now been completed and revealed Mr Kaba did not have a gun on him at the time.

In a statement, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said: “No non-police issue firearm has been recovered from the vehicle or the scene.”

The IOPC said they had met with Mr Kaba’s family on Wednesday to explain the police’s role and update them on the investigation.

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“We will continue to update them as our investigation continues”, the IOPC added.


A detailed forensic examination will be completed on the vehicle Mr Kaba was driving and on some of the police vehicles involved, police said.


Regional Director Sal Naseem said the IOPC is committed to carrying out a thorough and comprehensive investigation to establish all of the facts surrounding this fatal shooting.

“We recognise that there is community concern following this incident and we appreciate that questions will remain around how Mr Kaba tragically ended up being fatally shot following an attempted vehicle stop.

“We are working hard to piece together all of the circumstances surrounding this incident and we want to reassure the community that these questions will be answered in due course, however it will take some time before our investigation is able to uncover all of the facts.

“While these details are still being confirmed, we ask that the public avoid speculating about this incident out of respect for Mr Kaba’s family and for anyone else affected.

“This investigation is complex in nature and there is a large amount of evidence that our investigators are continuing to gather and review.

“While we have already undertaken some door-to-door enquiries in the neighbourhood, there is likely to be members of the public we are yet to speak to which may have information that could assist our investigation.

“Anyone with information that may be useful in helping us to paint the picture of the events that evening is asked to contact the IOPC by phoning 0300 303 0779.

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“Our heartfelt sympathies remain with Mr Kaba’s family and friends, and everyone affected by this tragic incident.”

Or you can email witness@policeconduct.gov.uk – referencing “Streatham Hill”.