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No charges for shooting officers

Scene of shooting
David Sycamore was shot dead on the cathedral steps

Police involved in shooting a man dead at Guildford Cathedral will not face criminal charges, says the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

David Sycamore, 39, who suffered from manic depression, was shot on the cathedral steps on 30 November 2008.

The full IPCC report has been passed to the coroner. It will not be made public until after an inquest, at which it will form a major part of the evidence.

Four firearms officers were taken off operation duties last year.

An interim report released in December 2008 said Mr Sycamore told a friend he expected to die.

Mike Franklin, IPCC commissioner for the South East, said: "I have considered the investigation report and decided that there are no criminal offences for any officers to answer in this case, therefore the report has now been passed to the coroner who will set a date for the inquest."

'Start killing'

He added: "As soon as it is possible, we will make our findings public so that everybody affected by this tragic case, including David's family, parishioners of Guildford Cathedral, police officers involved and local residents in Surrey, can feel confident that a thorough and independent investigation has taken place."

A bullet passed through one of the cathedral windows but no-one else was injured, the IPCC previously said.

The interim report said officers were called after Mr Sycamore showed a replica gun to a young man near an underpass and said he was "going to start killing a lot of people".

The reported revealed that when officers asked Mr Sycamore, who was sitting cross-legged on the cathedral steps, to show his hands, he replied, "What? Why?".

He was shot by two officers, who issued a warning, after he pulled the pistol from his coat, raised it and appeared to get it ready to fire.

He was also hit with a baton round.

Visits for 'solace'

IPCC investigators were sent to the scene to provide an assessment following a referral of the shooting by Surrey Police.

The investigators interviewed witnesses and studied video footage from the police helicopter.

Following Mr Sycamore's death, his family issued a statement which said he would visit the cathedral, which was less than two miles from his home, for solace. They said his intentions were never to harm anybody.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Sycamore died from a gunshot wound to his chest.

He also received a second gunshot wound to his right arm.

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