Plymouth shooting: Watchdog investigates police response to Jake Davison’s 2016 attack

A watchdog is investigating whether police responded appropriately to a violent attack by Plymouth gunner Jake Davison, 5 years before he resumed his aggressive murder.

The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) said it obtained a notice from a man who alleges he was attacked by a gunman outside a Plymouth supermarket in 2016.

“We are examining what action the police took following the report and whether their response was appropriate,” a spokesman added.

The IOPC did not identify the victim but a man had previously told Mirror that Davison, then 17, brutally assaulted him and his pregnant partner during an unprovoked attack outside a Plymouth Tesco in 2016.

Scott Hobbs said: “The police didn’t seem to take this very seriously, they said he had ‘nothing to worry about’.

“If they had recorded it as an appropriate attack it would have been flagged when he applied for a gun license. I wish I would try harder to get them to do something. I feel possible [the shootings] will not happen. “

The IOPC is also looking into why Devon and Cornwall Police returned Davison’s gun and license to him in July, after it was dropped following another assault charge in September 2020.

Davison killed five victims before killing himself on August 12, in the worst mass shooting in the UK since 2010.

The 22-year-old fatally shot his mother, Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, at a home on Biddick Drive before he went out into the street and murdered three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father, Lee Martyn, 43 years old.

During the 12-minute attack, Davison then killed Stephen Washington, 59, in a nearby park before shooting Kate Shepherd, 66, who later died at Derriford Hospital.

The incident is not declare a terrorist attack, despite evidence of Davison’s interest in the online incel movement.

Any ideological factors will be considered in the investigations into the deaths of the gunman and his victims.

Jake Davison is known as the Plymouth shooter

The IOPC said it had submitted a preliminary investigative report along with an attached file of evidence to the coroner.

“At the end of our investigation, we will decide if there are individuals with a disciplinary case to respond to as well as whether there is any broad learning,” said regional director David Ford. to force, national police or other agencies involved in gun licensing procedures.

“We are currently working to finalize a key report, along with our conclusions, by early next year.”

A pre-trial hearing on Thursday was informed that Davison’s GP declined to comment on whether he was fit to have a gun license when asked by police.

He applied for a handgun certificate in July 2017 and after the application was processed by Devon and Cornwall Police the certificate was issued to him in January 2018, valid for 5 years.

A review by Plymouth University Hospitals NHS Trust into Sophie’s death is looking into whether Davison’s doctor responded appropriately to a request for information from police.

The doctor declined to provide information and said he was “not qualified to comment on a patient’s personality to say whether it is safe for them to hold a gun license”.

Davison has been receiving mental health support during the coronavirus containment period and has contacted the Plymouth phone helpline service. The next pre-request review will take place on March 15.

Lee Martyn, 40, and daughter Sophie Martyn, were among the victims


Patrick Maguire, an attorney representing relatives of Shepherd, Mr Washington and Martyns, said: “My clients are very concerned about how Davison came into possession of the gun amid the issues aired on the air. at the hearing today.

“We welcome the IOPC’s investigation and we will now await its conclusion and full report for an appropriate response.”

After the shooting, the Interior Department announced that police would have to check someone’s medical history before issuing a gun license.

All firearm applications must be accompanied by a medical document signed by a registered practicing physician.

The new statutory guidance also says any relevant health records – particularly any information about mental health, neurological conditions and substance abuse – will have to be reviewed as part of the review. of the process.

This means that for the first time police will be legally required to follow guidance to help improve standards and consistency across forces in the UK.

Police are also required to review an applicant’s social media accounts and financial history and conduct domestic violence checks in cases where police believe more evidence is needed before issuing a permit. .

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