A member of police staff has been issued with a gross misconduct notice over their handling of Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s shotgun certificate.
Davison, 22, shot dead five people in Plymouth – including a three-year-old girl – during a 12-minute shooting spree.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog is investigating how the apprentice crane operator was originally granted a shotgun certificate in 2017 by Devon and Cornwall Police.
The watchdog is also examining how Davison was handed back the weapon and certificate weeks before the shooting having been seized after admitting two assaults.
The IOPC said in a statement: “After reviewing information obtained so far, we have now issued a gross misconduct notice to a member of police staff and a misconduct notice to a police officer.
“The serving of such notices advises individuals that their conduct is subject to investigation, but does not mean that disciplinary proceedings will necessarily follow.”
IOPC Regional Director David Ford said: “I again offer my heartfelt sympathies to all those affected within the Plymouth community and beyond, by the traumatic events of 12 August.
“We still have significant investigative work to undertake but continue to make good progress with our enquiries.
“We are reviewing a substantial amount of information gathered from Devon & Cornwall Police and elsewhere and the force has continued to co-operate fully with our independent investigation.
“Based on the evidence gathered so far, we have now served disciplinary notices on two individuals within the force to advise them their conduct is subject to investigation. The serving of such notices will be kept under review.”
Mr Ford said the IOPC aims to complete the investigation by the end of this year.
On August 12, Davison killed his mother Maxine, 51, Stephen Washington, 59, Kate Shepherd, 66, Lee Martyn, 43, and three-year-old Sophie Martyn, before turning the gun on himself.
Police revealed he had been issued a gun licence for clay pigeon shooting.
When the IOPC investigation started, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said he had not been asked to step down, but would reflect on his position “once we have the facts”.