Police watchdog: officers not yet absolved over death of Plymouth bookies gunman Alan Levers
A PROBE into whether the police played a role in the death of masked bookies gunman Alan Levers may not have been permanently dropped, officials have confirmed.
Brave punters jumped on Levers as he attempted to rob a Ladbrokes using a fake gun on Friday evening.
The 50-year-old's death inside the Crownhill Road bookmaker had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The watchdog revealed yesterday how it had decided Levers' death could be investigated by Devon and Cornwall Police.
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But a spokeswoman said: "It will be re-referred to us if necessary."
She added it was "categorically not the case" that the IPCC had formally cleared officers of any blame, as reported elsewhere.
"We are not making a judgement on what happened," the spokeswoman told The Herald.
"The IPCC has determined there should be an investigation. It will still be investigated, but locally, by the force."
It is understood Levers – who was wearing a gas mask and being pinned down by bookies customers when police arrived – was found to be unresponsive as officers went to arrest him.
The four people inside the Ladbrokes have been described as "brave" by the detectives leading the investigation.