Tragic rapper about to become a dad shot dead by armed police after pursuit in London

6 September 2022, 07:15 | Updated: 6 September 2022, 18:07

Tragic rapper shot dead by Met police months before becoming a dad
Tragic rapper shot dead by Met police months before becoming a dad. Picture: alamy/LBC

By Will Taylor

A rapper shot dead by police was due to become a father for the first time in November.

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Chris Kaba, aged in his 20s, was shot following a high-speed police chase in Streatham, South West London, last night.

Police had tried to make "tactical contact" to stop his black Audi by blocking him in on a residential street.

Chris - also known as Madix - received treatment at the scene but died early this morning after being rushed to hospital.

Tributes have now been paid to the rapper, who uses the stage name Mad Itch.

The musician was part of drill rap group 67, who were nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards in 2016.

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The Met said: "As is protocol, the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards were contacted and they notified the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), who have launched an independent investigation.

"Enquiries into the exact circumstances are ongoing."

Police seen near Streatham Hill as man shot dead

A friend said: "He was going to have his first child. Now his child is going to have no father. It breaks my heart.''He had nothing to do with gangs or anything like that.

His mum Elaine Kaba fought back tears as she spoke of her devastation outside the family home. She said: "They’ve taken my heart. My son is gone, I’m heartbroken."

“I keep on asking myself why did police feel they had to do this. Was there no other way.”

A Met police spokesman 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.”

The IOPC said in a statement: "At this early stage it is believed a man was fatally shot during the police response to reports of a suspect vehicle.

"We were notified by the MPS of the incident shortly after 11pm and we declared an independent investigation shortly before midnight.

"IOPC investigators were sent to the scene and the post-incident procedures to start gathering evidence.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected by this terrible incident. Our investigation remains in the very early stages."