1. blue81to's Avatar
    It seems that Blackberries are more popular in the UK than it is in the US.

    Suspected gangster Mark Duggan, 29, fired a handgun at an armed cop, whose life was saved when the bullet hit his radio.

    The officer returned fire with his Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun - blasting dad-of-five Duggan twice in the face before slumping to the ground.

    Duggan, known by the street name Starrish Mark, was a so-called gangsta member of North London's Tottenham Man Dem gang, which has links to Jamaica's ruthless Yardies.

    Cops from the Met Police Operation Trident, which tackles gun crime in London's black community, had him under surveillance amid fears he was about to avenge the killing of his rapper cousin Kevin Easton, 23.

    Easton, who performed as Smegz, was stabbed to death in front of clubbers in Mile End, East London, in March. Three men aged 23 to 27 are on bail.

    Semone Wilson, 29, mother of three of Duggan's children, was devastated by his death near Tottenham Hale Tube station on Thursday evening.

    She said yesterday: "He was in a cab. I spoke to him at about 5pm and he asked me if I'd cook dinner. He said he spotted a police car following him.

    "He sent a message on his Blackberry saying 'The Feds (police) are following me'.

    "And that's it, that's the last time anyone heard from him. By 6.15 he had been gunned down. I kept phoning and phoning to find out where he was. He wasn't answering.

    "I rushed down to where it happened. They let me through the police lines but they wouldn't let me see his body."

    A photo emerged yesterday of Duggan making a gangsta gun pose with his fingers.

    But Semone added: "He was a good dad. I had absolutely no idea he was up to no good. Mark was known to police but he had never been sent down."

    His mum Pamela, 52, said: "Mark was my baby. He was a kind boy. He would have been 30 next month. It's a wicked world when a boy doesn't live to see such a milestone."

    The shot officer went home after hospital treatment. The Independent Police Complaints Commission was investigating last night. A spokesman said shooting began as cops tried to make an arrest.
    Gunman killed in shootout with cops had texted girlfriend to say: ‘The feds are following me’ | The Sun |News

    Update: This article doesn't mention Blackberry but it has newer info in it.

    There is no evidence Mark Duggan opened fire at police before being shot dead by a firearms officer, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said.

    Mr Duggan, 29, whose death sparked the first riots in Tottenham, died from a single bullet wound, an inquest heard.

    The police watchdog said ballistic tests showed "no evidence that the handgun found at the scene was fired".

    BBC News understands firearms officers discharged their weapons in the belief there was a threat to human life.

    Their guidelines allow them to open fire in such circumstances.
    Establish the facts

    Mr Duggan, a father of four, was shot in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, north London, on Thursday, as specialist firearms officers attempted to make an arrest.

    A key witness, the driver of the minicab in which Mr Duggan was travelling, has yet to give his version of events. He is understood to be in a severe state of shock.

    Investigations by the IPCC show two shots were fired by a Scotland Yard CO19 firearms officer.

    The initial results confirmed a bullet found lodged in a police officer's radio was a "jacketed round" - a police issue bullet consistent with being fired from a force Heckler and Koch MP5.

    Forensic officers have told the IPCC it may not be possible to "say for certain" whether the handgun found near Mr Duggan was fired.

    Further tests on the weapon, which had been converted from a blank-firing pistol to one that shoots live rounds, are being carried out to establish this.
    Search for truth

    The IPCC said it was not a replica and was an illegal firearm.

    Further tests are being carried out on a "bulleted cartridge" found in the magazine.

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    Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC commissioner: Gun found at the scene was converted pistol

    In response to the findings, the Met said it was in everyone's interests "the IPCC are able to establish all the facts of the events of last Thursday so that there is a complete understanding of what happened".

    An inquest into Mr Duggan's death was opened at North London Coroner's Court in High Barnet and adjourned until 12 December.

    Colin Sparrow, deputy senior investigator for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is looking into the shooting, told the hearing the inquiry could take up to six months.

    A statement released by Mr Duggan's family said they were "deeply distressed" by the disorder affecting communities across England.

    It read: "We want to establish the truth about Mark's death.

    "The family want everyone to know that the disorder going on has nothing to do with finding out what happened to Mark." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14459516
    Last edited by blue81to; 08-10-11 at 02:43 PM.
    08-07-11 11:28 PM
  2. Rootbrian's Avatar
    That is quite the story :/

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    08-10-11 01:39 AM
  3. blue81to's Avatar
    I think I may have found a picture of him holding a blackberry, but I'm not sure. It looks like it maybe a pearl. Can someone identify the phone he's holding?

    http://www.voice-online.co.uk/sites/...20Duggan_0.jpg

    BEST PHOTO GALLERY: mark duggan photo gallery
    08-10-11 03:23 PM
  4. SCrid2000's Avatar
    I thought the UK cops didn't have guns?

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    08-11-11 11:01 AM
  5. trucky's Avatar
    I thought the UK cops didn't have guns?
    Most of them still don't carry guns, except under "special circumstances". Not a job I'd want without adequate protection.
    08-11-11 11:12 AM
  6. 01itr's Avatar
    Most of them still don't carry guns, except under "special circumstances". Not a job I'd want without adequate protection.
    I would say an MP5 would be more than adequate protection... Seems almost overkill

    I don't get these stories... they seem conflicting. So the officer had the MP5, but the bullet that was lodged in his radio was from an MP5 as well???
    08-11-11 12:04 PM
  7. blue81to's Avatar
    I think I may have found a picture of him holding a blackberry, but I'm not sure. It looks like it maybe a pearl. Can someone identify the phone he's holding?

    http://www.voice-online.co.uk/sites/...20Duggan_0.jpg

    BEST PHOTO GALLERY: mark duggan photo gallery
    Can anyone tell whether or not he's holding a blackberry? The first article said he used a blackberry but that article seems a bit inaccurate. But the phone he has looks like it has a keyboard. I think it could be a blackberry.

    It's interesting because his cousin is a musical artist and was stabbed in a fight. That's why police was keeping a close eye on him because they thought he was planing to retaliate. I wonder if his cousin(the artist) has a blackberry also? If the original protest which preceded the riots was largely organized on bbm that could make sense.
    08-12-11 11:28 PM
  8. mic8310's Avatar
    there are armed police at airports and other 'places of interest' like that but no, its only the 'armed response' units who have guns and they are called in if needed. Gun crime here in the UK might be growing but its certainly not common.
    08-16-11 03:18 PM
  9. skotty_84's Avatar
    Thats a great story
    08-18-11 04:19 AM
  10. MaxxxBerry23's Avatar
    A friend of mine visited UK a week ago and he said that every third person had a Berry in his hand.
    08-21-11 04:19 AM
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