Officer who guards Prime Minister found dead from gunshot wounds

A POLICE officer from a unit that guards the Prime Minister and other high profile figures has been found dead from gunshot wounds.

The 43-year-old constable from the Met’s Specialist Protection Command was found at a residential address in north London.

Officers were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday and they forced entry to an address in King’s Terrace, in Camden, following concerns about the occupant. They then discovered a man inside the property who had sustained a gunshot injury.

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The constable was pronounced dead at 4.45pm. His death is not being treated as suspicious and detectives are investigating whether a police gun was used in the incident. Next of kin of the constable, who has not been formally named, have been informed.

The Yorkshire Post understands he was not under investigation as part of the “plebgate” probe – launched after Andrew Mitchell quit as chief whip despite strenuously denying he had insulted officers on duty at Downing Street – or the inquiries into alleged phone hacking and corrupt payments to public officials.

The constable was in the MPS Specialist Protection Command which is part of Specialist Operations. Officers from the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

It is understood the investigation will look at whether an MPS firearm was involved. A post mortem examination will be held in due course and an inquest will be opened and adjourned.

The Independent Police Complaint’s Commission (IPCC) has been informed, but the investigation remains with the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards.