Pictured: Gunman, 22, who died after accidentally blasting himself in the chest with his own shotgun when he ‘tried to used it to smash a car window’
- Reece Ramsey-Johnson was found with gunshot wounds on September 8
- An inquest in London found there was ‘no third party involvement’ in his death
- A post mortem found the cause of death was ‘shotgun wounds to the chest’
Reece Ramsey-Johnson (pictured above) died from shotgun wounds to the chest
A man who accidentally killed himself with his own shotgun in south-east London has been named as Reece Ramsey-Johnson.
The 22-year-old had been found suffering from gunshot wounds and lying in a pool of blood outside a branch of Lloyds bank in Sydenham, on September 8.
An inquest at Southwark Coroners’ Court yesterday heard that police would not be conducting a criminal investigation, following the testimonies of witnesses on the scene.
Dr Andrew Harris confirmed that police had now closed the investigation into Ramsey-Johnson’s death after they were satisfied there was ‘no third party involvement’.
He added: ‘Witness testimony suggests the actions of the deceased led to his death, and the police are not conducting a criminal investigation.’
According to The Standard, the inquest was then adjourned until January, with Dr Harris adding: ‘There is reason to suspect this was an unnatural or violent death.’
A post mortem examination confirmed the cause of death was ‘shotgun wounds to the chest.’
Stills from the video show a man standing over Mr Ramsey Johnson after he shot himself
This is while video footage from the scene, filmed just after the incident showed another man crouching over Mr Ramsey-Johnson while shouting ‘he’s shot himself — he’s f***ing shot himself’.
After the incident police in Sydenham were given extra Section 60 Stop and Search powers to help prevent any further violence.
At the time, one witness said: ‘It looked like he was using the butt of the gun on the car window and it backfired.
‘When I got there they were saying he shot himself.’
During the video a masked man shouts: ‘He’s shot himself’ before he and two others run off
Police pictured above on the scene in Sydenham after the incident. Forensic officers are also pictured
Mr Ramsey-Johnson’s family were absent from court yesterday, while friends in attendance said they ‘couldn’t believe’ he was gone.
The verdict from the inquest comes as it was found that 17-year-old Jodie Chesney died from seven-inch stab wounds when she was stabbed in the back on March 1 in east London.
Four alleged drug dealers have since been accused of her murder.
This is while Prime Minister Boris Johnson has since pledged to ‘come down hard on crime’ and wants to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers across the UK.