Computer under criminal investigation after death of man who fell from window

A West Midlands police officer is being investigated for manslaughter in connection with the death of a man who fell from a window.

Ayuub Hassan Abdi, 34, fell from an attic bedroom window at a property in Lozells, Birmingham, on September 6.

He died of his injuries in hospital the following day.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Friday it was investigating a police officer serving in West Midlands Police for a number of offences, including manslaughter.



It does not necessarily mean that criminal charges or disciplinary proceedings will follow

IOPC

The constable said: “A constable has now been informed that he is being criminally investigated for unlawful homicide, common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, in relation to the use of force during the incident.

“The officer has also been served with a gross misconduct notice for possible breaches of police professional conduct standards.

“It does not necessarily mean that criminal charges or disciplinary proceedings will follow.”

The Crown Prosecution Service describes unlawful killing as an offense where a person intentionally commits an unlawful and dangerous act which accidentally results in death.

The IOPC added: “Our inquiries so far have established that police went to a multi-occupancy house in Lansdowne Road following a report that two residents there had been attacked by a man with a knife.

“After the arrival of another police unit, two officers went upstairs to speak to Mr Abdi, who was in his bedroom on the third floor.

“The evidence indicates that during the conversation Mr. Abdi moved toward an open window and one of the officers then discharged a Taser.

“Moments later Mr Abdi fell from the window, landing on the ground outside. An ambulance took him to the hospital with serious injuries.”



The police can use force in the performance of their duties and we will consider whether any force used was reasonable, necessary and proportionate

Derrick Campbell, IOPC

The warden was alerted to the incident on September 6 and began its investigation the same day.

An autopsy was performed on September 13, with the results of the toxicology report still pending. An investigation will be launched in due course.

Derrick Campbell, IOPC regional director for the West Midlands, said: “We have been in contact with Mr Abdi's family to express our support and explain our role. Our thoughts are with them and all those affected by his death.

“We will conduct a thorough, independent investigation into all the circumstances of Mr Abdi's death.

“This will include a review of the actions and decision-making of the officers present.

“The police can use force in the course of their duties and we will consider whether any force used was reasonable, necessary and proportionate.

“Once our investigation is complete, we will decide whether to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision and determine whether any officers should face disciplinary action.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the force was supporting the IOPC's investigation.