Maxine Davison Wiki – Maxine Davison Biography
Maxine Davison was the mother of the Plymouth gunman. Davison and three-year-old Sophie Martyn have been named among the five victims of his shooting spree.
On Thursday evening, she was shot and killed by her 22-year-old son Jake Davison at her home on Biddick Drive, Plymouth.
She was 51 years old.
Davison went on to kill three-year-old Sophie, her father Lee Martyn, 43, Stephen Washington, and Kate Shepherd.
His attack lasted about six minutes before he turned the gun on himself.
In online videos, Davison spoke of being “beaten down” and “defeated by life.”
All of those who died lived in the Keyham area of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
Officers continue to investigate 13 scenes within a cordon that is expected to remain in place throughout much of the weekend.
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Having killed his mother, Davison left the property and immediately shot and killed Mr Martyn and his daughter on the street.
Stephen Washington, 59, was also killed, along with Kate Shepherd, 66, who was injured at the scene and died later at Derriford Hospital.
Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, said Davison was a licensed firearms holder and witnesses described the weapon he used as a “pump-action shotgun.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the issue of how Davison came to own a gun legally should be “properly investigated” as he described the shooting as an “absolutely appalling” incident.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had received preliminary information that Davison’s firearm and license were returned to him in early July this year.
The watchdog said that the certificate and shotgun had been removed from him by police in December 2020 following an allegation of assault in September 2020.
The IOPC has said it will investigate Devon and Cornwall Police’s decision-making about Davison’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate.
Regional IOPC Director David Ford said: “The investigation will also consider whether the force had any information concerning Mr Davison’s mental health and if so if this information was appropriately considered.”
Police said the incident, the worst mass shooting in Britain since 2010, was not terror-related. However, Davison made references to “incels” in some online social media videos.