The Plymouth shooter’s father, Jake Davison, has raised concerns about his son with police in a bid to stop him from possessing a shotgun and firearms licence.
Mark Davison told Plymouth Senior Coroner Ian Arrow he contacted Devon and Cornwall Police about his son’s mental health before Davison killed his mother and four others in an attack 12 minutes.
The 22-year-old killed his mother Maxine, 51, then three Sophie Martyn; his father, Lee, 43; Stephen Washington, 59; and Kate Shepherd, 66, on the evening of August 12, 2021, in the Keyham area of the city.
Before the officers reached him, the apprentice crane operator turned the shotgun against himself.
The incident happened weeks after the gun and license were returned to Davison by police, who originally seized the weapon in 2020, after he assaulted two teenagers in a park.
Inquiry solicitor Bridget Dolan KC told the hearing that Mr Davison had a friend who was present when he phoned Devon and Cornwall Police to raise concerns about his son.
Mr Davison told the hearing: ‘I would like to say that when I first phoned the police in Devon and Cornwall and tried to stop the shotgun license telling them that I didn’t think Jake was stable or lived in a stable house, etc., as I said before.
“My friend was there, and he is the one who is ready to say that he saw me say such things as well as being registered with the police, to confirm what I say.”
The court heard that an investigator from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was planning to obtain a statement from Mr Davison’s friend.
Mr Davison’s son originally applied for a shotgun certificate in July 2017. He received a certificate valid for five years in January 2018.
Davison’s mother struggled to get help for her son, who became worried about his mental health, according to reports. A previous hearing heard that she had reported him to the counter-terrorism program Prevent.
Davison’s use of social media suggested a obsession with incel, or “involuntary celibacy”as well as an interest in American gun culture.
The pre-inquest hearing at Plymouth Coroner’s Court heard arrangements are being made for the inquest to resume on January 17 next year at Exeter Racecourse.