Chris Kaba was killed by bullet to head in police shooting, post-mortem finds

Chris Kaba was killed by bullet to head in police shooting, a post-mortem into his death has found.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct released a statement this afternoon after a Met Police officer has been suspended following the killing on the unarmed man.

The police watchdog launched a homicide investigation into his death on September 5.

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “We fully appreciate that Chris Kaba’s devastated family and the community have a lot of unanswered questions about his death.

“We have been in further contact with Chris’s family this week to answer a number of questions they have and to offer them privately and confidentially the opportunity to view video footage as soon as it is practicable.

“We have also advised Chris’s family that we aim to complete our investigation within six to nine months.

“We understand that people want answers quickly, but this is a complex investigation involving a significant amount of evidence.

‘There are a number of enquiries to carry out over the coming weeks and months, including expert analysis, and it is important that we allow our investigation to run its course as we seek to establish all of the facts.

“As this is a criminal investigation, we will continue to be limited in what details we can release as we can’t risk prejudicing any proceedings that may follow. Given this is a homicide investigation, we are liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and we have already had discussions with the Senior Coroner and his officers.”

A post-mortem examination was completed and the preliminary medical cause of death was given as a gunshot wound to the head, they said.

The Senior Coroner has this week advised that the inquest will be opened in public at 9.45am on Tuesday 4 October.

The IOPC added: “Our investigators are working hard to collate and review a large amount of evidence as our homicide investigation progresses into the fatal shooting in Lambeth, south London of Chris Kaba.

“Following the completion of our investigation and after careful analysis, the law requires us to produce a detailed final report that accurately summarises all relevant evidence before we can decide whether to refer a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, whose role it would be to determine whether or not criminal charges will follow.

“We will also decide whether or not the officer involved has a case to answer for gross misconduct or misconduct.”

Mr Kaba, 24, was driving an Audi which was first rammed before being boxed in by police in Streatham Hill, south London, last Monday evening.

The tragic rapper, who was due to become a dad, was killed following the car chase in Streatham, with photos from the scene showing single bullet hole through the windscreen of his car.

The watchdog has previously confirmed that no gun was found in the vehicle.

The standing down of the officer involved comes after Mr Kaba’s family last weekend demanded the Metropolitan Police officer involved in his shooting was “immediately suspended”.

In a statement released through charity Inquest, dad-to-be Mr Kaba’s loved ones also said they are “worried” his life was “cut short” due to his skin colour.