Police officer found dead with gunshot wound named as Colin Smelt

Tuesday, 26th February 2013

Published: 26 February 2013

By ALICE HUTTON

AN elite police officer found shot at a flat in Camden Town has been named as Colin Smelt, an inquest opened into his death has heard.

 

The 43-year-old PC was found suffering from a gun shot wound to the chest after police officers broke down the door to his flat when he failed to turn up for work on February 19.

 

Mr Smelt, who had been living in King's Terrace at the time, had been working for the Metropolitan Police Service Specialist Protection Command which protects the Prime Minister and Royalty.

 

At the opening of his inquest on Monday at St Pancras Coroner's Court Detective Inspector Donna Smith told the court that Mr Smelt had not turned up for work as expected at 10am.

 

Entry to his ground floor flat was “forced” around 4pm and the body was found.

 

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) will conduct further investigations including whether a police weapon was used.

 

There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances and coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe released his body to the family for burial.

 

The inquest was adjourned.

 

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