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Rapper Chris Kaba, 23 shot dead by armed cops after car chase

A Rapper shot dead by armed police was tragically due to become a dad for the first time in just months.

Chris Kaba, aged in his 20s, was blasted following a high-speed police chase in Streatham, South West London, on Monday.

Officers 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.

Heartbroken pals also revealed he was due to become a dad for the first time.

One 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.”

Chris' dad Prosper added: "We just don’t understand what happened.

“He didn’t deserve this.

“We’re devastated, we don’t know what to think, we can’t think straight right now.

“He was always joking around, he enjoyed life, he had lots of friends.

“He was looking forward to being a father, his girlfriend is still in shock.

“He was looking forward to teaching his daughter how to talk and walking and all fatherly duties.

“He had wanted to be a father for a long time.”

Another described Chris as a "good person" and claimed he was unarmed when police opened fire.

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

Five police cars containing "specialist firearms officers" and the Met helicopter are understood to have been part of the dramatic chase last night.

Police have not yet released details of why Chris was being pursued.

Horrified locals described hearing a "loud bang" as the shooting unfolded just before 10pm.

One said: "The (driver) drove up New Park Road and turned up Kirkstall Gardens.

"A police car came down Kirkstall Gardens and crashed into him.

"Another police car came in behind him and they had him locked in at the bottom of Kirkstall Gardens.

"The car was immobile when he was shot."

He added: "The bang was really loud. I was in my house with my gaming headphones on and I heard it."

Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched a probe, which is standard after a police shooting.

The Met 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.”

Video credit: @Rachelcooknews



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