Statement from lawyer Andrew Petherbridge, of Hudgell Solicitors, on behalf of the family of Lewis Skelton;
“It has obviously been a long and difficult year for Lewis’ family who to this day still have many unanswered questions around the final day of his life and the events which led to him being shot dead by police.
“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have kept both us and Lewis’ family updated throughout their investigation, including their decision not to issue misconduct notices and treat officers as witnesses.
“At this stage, and as is normal practice, neither us nor or our clients are aware of what the IPCC’s final conclusions are, and await the publication of those findings in the hope that they do answer their many questions as to what happened that day.
“Lewis’ family are also mindful that even though the IPCC have now finalised their investigation, this is not the end of the full investigation into Lewis death as there is still the coronial process and any relevant hearings to take place.
“With that process still ahead, and as they are still to see the full IPCC findings, they are unable to make any further comment at this stage.”
Statement follows IPPC’s confirmation of investigation completion
The above statement was issued following the IPCC’s confirmation that its investigation into the fatal shooting of Lewis Skelton, aged 31, on November 29 2016, is now complete. The report is to be shared with Humberside Police in the coming days for their consideration.
Lewis was injured after a firearms officer discharged two live rounds on Francis Street in Hull city centre, following reports of a man carrying an axe. He died in hospital later that evening. A Home Office post mortem which took place on 30 November confirmed Mr Skelton died as a result of gunshot wounds.
In its own statement, the IPCC said investigators had looked at the movements and actions of Lewis on the morning of his death and how Humberside Police dealt with calls made regarding Lewis and ‘what consideration they gave to his mental health in their response.’
The IPCC says investigators also analysed the planning and tactics used by the force when they deployed to the scene and the actions and decisions of the officers who engaged with Lewis, including the decision to use lethal force against him.
It has confirmed that during the investigation, no misconduct notices were issued to any police officers, and all of the officers and staff interviewed were treated as witnesses.
The IPCC says it will publish its findings in greater detail after the coronial process and after any other relevant hearings have concluded.