Chris Kaba: Londoner shot dead by Met Police 'through windscreen of car'

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Forensic officers scour the scene following the shooting of Chris Kaba in Streatham Hill on Monday. (PA)
Forensic officers scour the scene following the shooting of Chris Kaba in Streatham Hill on Monday. (PA)

A Londoner who was shot dead by police after a chase in south London suffered a fatal wound from a bullet that went through the back windshield of a car, an MP has claimed.

Chris Kaba, who was set to become a father, died in Streatham Hill on Monday night after the Audi he was driving was hemmed in by two police cars.

Officers from Met Police used a tactic where they deliberately collide with a car to bring a pursuit to an end in Kirkstall Gardens shortly before 10pm.

Bell Riberio-Addy, Labour MP for Streatham, claimed police had shot Mr Kaba, who was in his 20s, through the back glass of the car.

Speaking at the scene in Streatham Hill, south London, she said: “While I understand that it is important to ensure information is not prejudiced, it will be very difficult to calm the community at a time like this.

"Seeing what they have already – a bullet going through the back of a windshield of a car – people are going to come to their own conclusions.

“Negative things are being said about Chris’ past, but not so much about what happened on the police’s side.”

She added: “People in this area are going to question whether he deserved to die in that way.

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“Having to wait for the police to say effectively nothing does not reassure my constituents.”

The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is investigating, said one shot was fired from a police issue firearm.

IOPC London regional director Sal Naseem said: “It is natural that the community wants answers quickly but I would ask that people refrain from speculation that may be unhelpful to all of those affected.

“I want to reassure everyone concerned by this incident that our investigators are working hard to establish the entire sequence of events which resulted in this man’s death.”

Some paying tribute at the scene said Mr Kaba was a rapper known as Madix or Mad Itch 67.

Kimberly Alleyne (right), the mother-in-law to be of Chris Kaba, described him as 'super kind'. (PA)
Kimberly Alleyne (right), the mother-in-law to be of Chris Kaba, described him as 'super kind'. (PA)

Kim Alleyne, 49, whose daughter Karimah Waite was engaged to Mr Kaba, said he had an apprenticeship to become an architect.

She said: “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.

Officers from Met Police brought the pursuit to an end in Kirkstall Gardens shortly before 10pm. (PA)
Officers from Met Police brought the pursuit to an end in Kirkstall Gardens shortly before 10pm. (PA)

“It’s horrible and so shocking and so sad.”

Ms Alleyne questioned why police shot Mr Kaba, and added her daughter “is in a tremendous amount of pain”.

She added: “She cannot process her feelings because it’s a type of pain that you cannot explain. The baby is due in November.”

The Metropolitan Police said the man who was shot received first aid from officers at the scene before being taken to hospital, but died at 12.16am.