Man at Center of London Riots Didn't Fire at Cops

16K officers now on city streets
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2011 4:41 PM CDT
Neighbors and volunteers help clean up the area of Clapham in the aftermath left by riots in London Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)
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(Newser) – The man whose death at the hands of police prompted London’s massive riots did not shoot at the cops, a public investigatory body has concluded. Though Mark Duggan had a loaded gun, there was no evidence he fired it, the watchdog group said. A bullet stuck in a police radio was “consistent with being fired from a police gun,” and a firearms officer shot twice; he has been called off firearms work as the investigation continues, the Guardian reports.

Duggan, 29, was riding in a minicab on Thursday in north London when firearms officers stopped the car to arrest him. He was killed by a shot to the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. The watchdog group is continuing to investigate and a coroner’s office is launching an inquest. Meanwhile, London authorities are taking action to block a fourth night of rioting, with 16,000 police now on the streets, the BBC reports.

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