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Duggan was 'absolutely 100%' holding a gun says officer

Mark Duggan. Photo: Police/family handout

The police officer who shot Mark Duggan has been giving evidence in the trial of Kevin Hutchinson-Foster.

Hutchinson-Foster is the man accused of providing Mr Duggan with a handgun minutes before police shot him on August 4 last year.

The shooting sparked riots across London.

The police marksman - identified only as V53 - gave his account of what happened.

He apologised to the jury for using four-letter language about the killing.

The marksman was recalling his thoughts about the moment he realised Duggan was holding a gun.

The full story below from Nick Thatcher.

Duggan, 29, was "absolutely 100%" holding a handgun, Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London heard.

The officer told the trial of Hutchinson-Foster that he fired two bullets at him.

The subject was holding a handgun. Mark Duggan was holding a handgun in his right hand.

He was holding the pistol-grip of the gun. I could make out the shape, the outline, of the gun.

I could make out the trigger-guard and the barrel. The size of the object he was carrying was of a similar size to the handgun I carry operationally.

I was aware of previous police incidents in which criminals carry handguns in socks, and there is a black sock covering the firearm Mark Duggan is carrying in his right hand.

It is side-on to his stomach.

– Police officer identified as V53

The officer said the following thoughts were running through his mind:

He's got a gun and he's going to use it on me.

The marksman, who gave evidence from behind a screen, has been a police officer for more than 15 years, an authorised firearms officer since 2003, and with CO19 since 2005.

He has been working with covert armed response vehicles since 2009, and said he has been involved in "hundreds" of police firearms operations, both spontaneous and planned.

August 4 will always be in my head. It's very clear, even now.

– Police officer identified as V53

Hutchinson-Foster is on trial accused of passing the gun to Duggan that same day.

The 30-year-old, of no fixed abode, is charged with "selling or transferring a prohibited firearm" to Mr Duggan between July 28 and August 5 2011.

He denies passing the modified BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun to Mr Duggan, contrary to the Firearms Act 1968.

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