A police officer is set to face charges for the murder of Chris Kaba, who was fatally shot in south London last year. The incident occurred during a police operation in Streatham Hill on September 5, 2022. The Metropolitan Police officer, whose identity is protected for legal reasons, will be formally charged and appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The decision was communicated to the officer and Mr. Kaba’s family by the police watchdog on Wednesday morning.
Mr. Kaba, 24, was being trailed by multiple police vehicles when he entered Kirkstall Gardens and was subsequently cornered by a marked police car. Tragically, he lost his life when a single gunshot struck the vehicle he was driving. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been reviewing the case since March, following a referral from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The officer is presently on suspension, and the Metropolitan Police stated that any matters of misconduct will be addressed after the criminal proceedings conclude. Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Millichap remarked that this development represents a “significant and serious” turn in the case.