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Jermaine Baker inquest: Met officer requests second post-mortem examination

Jermaine Baker
Image caption Jermaine Baker was shot in Bracknell Close, near Wood Green Crown Court

The firearms officer arrested over the fatal shooting of a man in north London has asked for a second post-mortem examination to be carried out.

The request was made earlier at the opening of an inquest into the death of Jermaine Baker, 28, who was shot by an officer in Wood Green on 11 December.

The Police Federation has warned Met firearms officers could refuse to carry guns if their colleague is charged.

A coroner at North London Coroner's Court has adjourned the inquest.

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'Deepest sympathies'

The brief hearing was told Mr Baker died at 09:39 GMT on 11 December of a single gunshot wound.

He was shot during a police operation to foil an alleged attempt to spring two convicts from a custody van on its way to Wood Green Crown Court.

The firearms officer involved has not been named publicly but has asked the court to consider holding a second post-mortem examination on Wednesday.

Mr Baker's girlfriend Tia Demetrio and other members of his family were present at the inquest opening and the coroner expressed his "deepest sympathies" to the family, BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports.

An investigation into the fatal shooting by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, is ongoing.

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