The father of Plymouth gunman Jake Davison told police of concerns for his son in a bid to prevent him from owning a shotgun and firearms licence.
Mark Davison told Plymouth senior coroner Ian Arrow that he had contacted Devon and Cornwall police about his son’s mental health before Davison killed his mother and four others in a 12-minute attack.
The 22-year-old killed his mother Maxine (51) and then the three-year-old Sophie Martyn; her father, Lee43; Stephen Washington, 59; and Kate Shepherd, 66, on the evening of August 12, 2021, in the Keyham area of the city.
Before officers could reach him, the trainee crane operator turned the pump-action shotgun on himself.
The incident came weeks after the firearm and license were returned to Davison by police, who had originally seized the weapon in 2020, after he attacked two teenagers in a park.
Bridget Dolan KC, barrister for the inquest, told the hearing that Davison has a friend who was present when he called Devon and Cornwall Police with his concerns about his son.
Davison told the hearing: “I would like to say that when I first called the police in Devon and Cornwall and tried to stop the shotgun license by telling them I didn’t think Jake was stable or living in a stable home etc. I’ve already said before.
“My friend was there and he is the one who is willing to say that he witnessed me saying such things as well as being logged with the police, to confirm what I am saying.”
The court heard an investigator from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) plans to obtain a statement from Davison’s friend.
Davison’s son originally applied for a shotgun license in July 2017. He was issued a license valid for five years in January 2018.
Davison’s mother had struggled to get help for her son, after becoming concerned about his mental health, according to reports. An earlier hearing heard she had reported him to the anti-terrorist program Prevent.
Davison’s use of social media suggested one obsession with incel, or “involuntary celibacy”as well as an interest in American gun culture.
The hearing before the inquest at Plymouth Coroner’s Court heard arrangements are being made for the inquest to resume on January 17 next year at Exeter racecourse.