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Damages claim for police shooting is rejected

Man was shot dead by Met firearms officer after putting a knife to woman’s throat in a basement flat in Canonbury

17 August, 2018 — By Emily Finch

The scene of the shooting in Canonbury

A JUDGE has rejected a claim for damages brought by the family of a man who was shot dead by a firearms officer at the Met.

Dean Joseph, 40, was killed by armed officer PC Stuart Brown on September 4, 2015 after he took his ex-partner hostage in a basement flat in Canonbury.

Mr Joseph’s family brought a damages claim against Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at Central London County Court.

An inquest into his death concluded the killing was lawful but the jury highlighted failings in the firearms operation which “possibly affected the outcome of the incident”.

The inquest heard how Mr Joseph had smashed his way into Julie Moyses’s Shepperton Road home before putting a knife to her throat and warning her: “One of us is going to die tonight.”

Judge Alan Saggerson, QC, at the London County Court, ruled last Tuesday that PC Brown honestly believed that Mr Joseph was about to kill his ex-partner.

Commander Kyle Gordon, of the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said his thoughts remain with the family of Mr Joseph but added: “My thoughts are also with the officers involved in this incident, who have all been personally impacted by what happened. I hope that this judgement will allow them and their families to their resume their lives confident in the knowledge that they acted properly and bravely to preserve life.”


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