The Chandler's Ford shooting was an attempted robbery on
13 September 2007 in which two men were shot dead by officers of
London's Metropolitan Police while robbing a cash-in-transit van. The
Met had been tracking a gang who had stolen an estimated £500,000 from
security vans and learned that the gang intended to rob the HSBC bank in
Chandler's Ford. Armed officers hid nearby early in the morning, with
snipers in overlooking buildings. Shortly after the G4S van's arrival, a
masked Mark Nunes demanded at gunpoint that the guard hand over the cash
box. A police sniper shot Nunes in the chest. A second gangster, Andrew
Markland, picked up Nunes's gun and was shot twice by another sniper.
Officers gave first aid but both men died. An IPCC investigation
concluded that the snipers had acted properly, though it found flaws in
the planning. An inquest reached a verdict of lawful killing, after
which the IPCC recommended that an independent firearms commander be
appointed to lead future operations.
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