I post this as yet another example of a tenant who was clearly extremely vulnerable being evicted. This man had brain damage. He should have been helped by his housing association. Instead they involved the police and he ended up being shot 3 times, and is still in a serious condition in hospital. – Argotina
Nathaniel Brophy, who is of mixed race, was shot three times following a seven-hour siege at his flat in Brixton last month
Last month, a 34-year-old mixed race man was shot three times by Metropolitan Police firearms officers outside his front door. It was a shockingly violent end to an incident which had initially shown no sign of taking such a dramatic turn.
The use of deadly force by police on British streets is extremely rare – there were only two operations where firearms were discharged between 2013-14. But the shooting, on a housing estate on the edge of Brixton and Clapham in South London, attracted little in the way of media attention at the time.
Today, the Mirror can reveal his identity to be Nathaniel Brophy, a father and former delivery driver described as “quiet”, “introverted” and “polite”.
He was shot three times by police marksmen; once in the right femur, once through the bowel and another in the back. He required three operations to save his life and remains in a serious condition in King’s College Hospital, under 24-hour police guard according to his family. His father Patrice Duval, 52, says it has been touch and go whether he would survive ever since. An infection in the exit wound caused by the third bullet has added to complications.
It is understood Nathaniel had lived at Tilson Gardens in Lambeth for around seven years, renting it from Metropolitan, one of the country’s largest housing associations.
His problems started when he suffered a brain injury in 2010 which left him with occasional speech difficulties and partial paralysis in his hand. After losing his job, he began to run into arrears on his flat and was eventually evicted, his family say. But it is understood on the morning of Friday, August 21, he was able to re-enter his property because the locks had not been changed.
Scotland Yard says the incident began when unarmed officers escorted housing officials to an address at Tilson Gardens as part of a “pre-planned eviction”. At around 9.45am, they gained entry to the property and a man was seen emerging from one of the rooms. A spokesman said officers were “threatened by the suspect” who was “believed to be in possession of a firearm”. The officers withdrew and the firearms squad were called.
A seven-hour siege unfolded, during which the third-floor flat was surrounded by police marksmen and dozens of residents were evacuated. Nathaniel Brophy was shot as he came out of the front door of his flat at around 4.45pm.
As a matter of course, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been asked to investigate. They say a non-police issue firearm was recovered from the scene – understood to be a 0.177 calibre air pistol. They have also downloaded footage from CCTV cameras in the area and, significantly, from the body cameras worn by officers during the siege.
Mr Duval, who is himself battling cancer, says so far he has not been shown any footage or given any briefing by the IPCC as to what happened.
As Nathaniel continues to recover, his family say the situation could have been defused without shots being fired.