Who was Chris Kaba and how did he die? | The Sun

CHRIS KABA tragically lost his life in a police chase on the night of Monday, September 5, 2022.

Here's what we know about who Chris Kaba was and how the dad-to-be died.

Who was Chris Kaba?

Chris Kaba – also known as Madix – was a 24-year-old rapper who went by the stage name of Mad Itch.

He was also part of the Mobo-nominated drill group 67.

Kaba was shot dead on the night of Monday, September 5, 2022, during a police chase on Streatham Hill.

He was about to become a father.

How did Chris Kaba die?

On the night of his death, Kaba was driving his black Audi when police officers tried to make "tactical contact" to stop him, by blocking him on the residential street Kirkstall Gardens.

It was thought that his car was linked to a firearms incident, after his vehicle was picked up by the Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera, according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

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Five police cars with "specialist firearms officers" and a Met helicopter took part in the dramatic chase.

Locals heard a "loud bang" just before 10pm, the time of the shooting.

One local said: "The (driver) drove up New Park Road and turned up Kirkstall Gardens.

"A police car came down Kirkstall Gardens and crashed into him.

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"Another police car came in behind him and they had him locked in at the bottom of Kirkstall Gardens.

"The car was immobile when he was shot.

"The bang was really loud. I was in my house with my gaming headphones on and I heard it."

Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched a probe, which is standard after a police shooting.

The Met said: "The vehicle was stopped following tactical contact in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill.

"A police firearm was discharged.

“An occupant of the suspect vehicle – a man believed to be aged in his 20s, sustained a gunshot injury.

“London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance were requested.

"Officers administered first aid prior to their arrival and the man was taken to hospital, where he died at 00:16hrs.”

Forensic examination and searches were made on Kaba's Audi.

It was confirmed that no "non-police issue firearm" had been found, either in his vehicle or in the surrounding area.

The IOPC is now working with the Met police to discover what happened and the reason behind the shooting.

Commander Alexis Boon, from the Met, said: "I understand that this incident is extremely concerning and I would like to reassure the community that the Met is co-operating fully with the IOPC as they carry out a thorough and independent investigation."

Meanwhile, IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: "We recognise that there is community concern following this incident and we appreciate that questions will remain around how Mr Kaba tragically ended up being fatally shot following an attempted vehicle stop.

"We are working hard to piece together all of the circumstances and we want to reassure the community that these questions will be answered in due course.

"However, it will take some time before our investigation is able to uncover all of the facts."

What have Chris Kaba's family said?

Kaba's mother, Helen Nkama, said: "My heart is broken.

"I am speechless."

The family issued a statement through the charity Inquest stating that they wanted "a homicide investigation into the death from the outset" and they do not want "any delay as has happened in other fatal shootings".

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They added: "We are devastated; we need answers and we need accountability.

"We are worried that if Chris had not been black, he would have been arrested on Monday evening and not had his life cut short."

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