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UPDATE: Shootings in Keyham, Plymouth

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UPDATE – Sunday 15 August, 5.55pm

Police cordons in Biddick Drive and Henderson Place will be removed at 7pm today [Sunday 15 August] as officers have completed their enquiries at a number of the scenes.

A property in Biddick Drive will remain a secured scene and forensic examinations will remain ongoing at that location over the coming days.

A highly visible police presence will remain in the wider area until Monday evening and officers will continue to patrol the area.

Police would like to thank local residents for their continued patience during this time. Officers will be working with the Local Authority to visit residents and those affected by the incident to ensure that appropriate and targeted support is put in place where requested.

Community drop-in centres remain open for Keyham residents at St Mark’s Church and Ford Primary School in Plymouth from 9am-5pm for the coming week.

Organisations will be on hand to offer support as well as signpost members of the community to obtain further support.

In addition to the numbers below, the Plymouth City Council number is 01752 668000.

UPDATE – Saturday 14 August 2021

Police are continuing to appeal for information following a shooting incident in Keyham, Plymouth, which left six people dead.

An online page has been launched and anyone who may be able to help the investigation - who has not already spoken with officers – is being urged to come forward.

It offers an easy way for members of the public to report information direct to us and can be found here.

Enquiries are continuing at the scene and cordons remain in place. These will be closed gradually when appropriate.

Post-mortems are taking place and will continue into early next week.

Families of the victims are being supported by specialist officers and we ask that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.  

A 53-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, who were injured during the incident on Thursday 12 August, are recovering in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The circumstances surrounding Jake Davison’s shotgun certificate, and any information Devon and Cornwall Police had relating to him, are now the subject of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). We are therefore unable to comment further. The force is fully cooperating with the IOPC's enquiries.

The Major Incident Police Portal can be found here.

Anyone with information who does not have access to the portal can also contact our Major Crime Investigation Team quoting Op Lillypad on 01752 487880 or by emailing

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via .

Community drop-in centres are open for Keyham residents at St Mark’s Church and Ford Primary School in Plymouth from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 15 August.

Organisations will be on hand to offer support as well as signpost members of the community to further services.

Contact details for organisations are:

  • Child 24 Hour Mental Health Support – 01752 435122

  • Adult 24 Hour Mental Health Support – 01752 434922

  • Plymouth Social Care (out of hours) – 01752 346984

  • NSPCC – 0808 800 5000

  • Samaritans – 116 123

  • Victim Support – 0808 1689111

  • First Response Service – 0808 923 9323

  • Live Well – 01752 434922

Further update to shootings, Keyham, Plymouth

Devon & Cornwall Police can now confirm the identities of those people who have died following a shooting incident in Keyham, Plymouth on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

All the deceased lived locally in the Keyham area.

The offender has been named as Jake Davison, aged 22.

The victims have been identified as Maxine Davison, also known as Maxine Chapman, aged 51, who was the mother of the offender.

Further victims were Sophie Martyn, aged three, and her father Lee Martyn, aged 43.

Stephen Washington, aged 59, was also deceased. The final deceased person was Kate Shepherd, aged 66, who was injured at the scene and died later at Derriford Hospital.

As previously said by Devon & Cornwall Police, the firearm believed to have been used during the incident was legally held by the offender. The circumstances surrounding that have now been subject to a mandatory referral to the IOPC by Devon & Cornwall Police.

Police continue to investigate 13 scenes within the cordon in Keyham which is expected to remain in place throughout much of the weekend.

Anyone feeling vulnerable or wanting support can contact the Victim Support’s National Helpline on 0808 1689 111.

Anyone with specific information regarding this incident can contact 01752 487880.


Six people left dead including suspect

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a shooting in Keyham, Plymouth on Thursday evening which has left six people dead.

Police were called shortly 6.11pm on Thursday after shots were reported as being fired in the Biddick Drive area of the city.

Firearms officers attended and one woman, two men and a young girl, as well as the offender were all found deceased in the area.

The offender was reported deceased at 6.23pm.

An injured woman also died later at Derriford Hospital.

Those deceased were a 51-year-old woman who was known to the offender, a three year-old girl and a related 43-year-old man, a 59-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman who died later in hospital.

The 22-year-old offender who took his own life at the scene is believed to be 22-year-old Jake Davison who lives locally.

Two other people, a 53-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man who were known to each other, were injured at the scene and continue to be treated in hospital. Neither are seriously injured.

Devon & Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “This is a truly shocking and tragic incident which has seen five people and an offender lose their life.

“The impact on the local community of Keyham, the city of Plymouth and many communities across the country in which relatives of the deceased live will be felt for many months and years.

“I have already been involved in extensive discussions with Plymouth City Council and local community leaders earlier today and we are committed to playing our part in helping the community deal with the impact a event like this brings.”

Jake Davison was a licensed firearm holder, the circumstances of which will now be subject to full, independent investigation and scrutiny.

Chief Constable Sawyer added: “I am immensely proud of how my officers dealt with the initial call and response to what was described as an extremely distressing scene.

“Both non-armed and armed officers attended within six minutes to what was a very fast moving event.

“We will now take whatever time is necessary to examine some 13 scenes within the immediate area. This may cause some disruption to the local community, for which we apologise, but there must be a forensic analysis to piece together any evidence possible”

Chief Constable Sawyer said: “This was a deeply traumatic event and I know local people will be worried and concerned.

“Anybody wanting support can contact the Victim Support’s National Helpline on 0808 1689 111.

“We will continue to talk and listen to our communities and support them in any way we can over the coming days and weeks.”

Devon & Cornwall Police have established a dedicated phone line for anyone with information concerning Thursday’s incident to contact.

Any witnesses or anyone with information can contact 01752 487880.


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