Following the judgement in the case of Joseph and Coburn v The Commissioner, Commander Kyle Gordon, of the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command said:
“Any death following police contact is a real tragedy, and something we plan to prevent, and train to avoid. Our thoughts of course remain with the family and loved ones of Dean Joseph at this difficult time.
“My thoughts are also with the officers involved in this incident, who have all been personally impacted by what happened. I hope that this judgement will allow them and their families to their resume their lives confident in the knowledge that they acted properly and bravely to preserve life.
“Armed officers perform one of the most challenging roles in policing and often have to make critical split-second decisions in dangerous, volatile situations to protect the public.
“In this case, it was accepted that the actions of the officers and the force used in the circumstances was justified and proportionate.
“We are pleased that the judgement commended the professionalism of the officers who, like all of their colleagues, are asked to do a very difficult job in very challenging circumstances.”