No gun was found in the car of a man who was fatally shot by armed officers after a police chase in south London, it has been confirmed.
Chris Kaba, 24, died following a pursuit that ended in Streatham Hill, on Monday night.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said: “A detailed search of the scene and surrounding area was completed last night. No non-police issue firearm has been recovered from the vehicle or the scene. ”
Mr Kaba’s Audi was hemmed in by two police cars in the residential street Kirkstall Gardens before one round was fired from a police weapon. CPR was given immediately by officers, but Mr Kaba died later that night in hospital, the police watchdog confirmed.
According to the IOPC, it was understood police had tried to stop him after the activation of an automatic numberplate recognition camera, indicating the car he was driving was linked to a firearms incident in the previous days.
A detailed search took place on Tuesday night and no non-police issue firearm was found in the vehicle or at the scene, the IOPC said. The only gun recovered from the scene was the one involved in the incident.
Forensic examinations will take place on Mr Kaba’s car and some of the police vehicles involved.
Regional director Sal Naseem said: “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.”
“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.”
Mr Kaba’s family earlier questioned whether his life would have been “cut short” if he were not black – as they demanded a murder investigation into his death.
They said on Wednesday they were “devastated” and needed “answers and accountability” over his death.
Prosper Kaba, Chris Kaba’s father, told BBC News: “Really we are shocked to see that in this century from a specialist of the law like police, can shortcut someone’s life, especially a young boy.”
Helen Nkama, his mother, said: “My heart is broken. I am speechless. My heart is broken.”
“I need justice to be done for Chris.”
The Metropolitan Police said the force understood that “the family and community want answers”.
Commander Alexis Boon said the incident was “extremely concerning” and vowed the force would co-operate with the police watchdog in its aftermath.
The officer said: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who died and I recognise the devastating and lasting impact this tragic incident will have on them.
Speaking at the scene on Tuesday, Kim Alleyne, 49, whose daughter Karimah Waite was engaged to Mr Kaba, said of him: “He was so loved. He was so funny. He was super kind. Crazy. He was always happy. He’d do anything for you.
“He was a fiance, he was due to get married in five months’ time. He’s got a baby on the way that he’s never going to see.
“It’s horrible and so shocking and so sad.”