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Devon and Cornwall Police will be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after Plymouth shooter Jake Davison's guns were returned to him.
Davison's shotgun and shotgun certificate were taken from him following an allegation of assault in December 2020 but were returned to him last month.
The 22-year-old was given his gun back weeks before he went on a killing spree in the city on Thursday, killing five.
Among the victims was a three-year-old girl, who was shot dead next to her dad.
Davison killed his mother Maxine, also known as Maxine Chapman, and four others while on a rampage, before turning the gun on himself.
The IOPC stands for the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which investigates the most serious and sensitive incidents and allegations involving the police.
His mum Maxine tried to get urgent help for her son regarding his mental health during lockdown.
A family friend said they were unable to receive the help, and the killings "could have been prevented".
Six people were gunned down, including three-year-old Sophie Martyn and dad Lee, 43.
Davison shot dead Stephen Washington, 59, Kate Shepherd, 66 and injured two others.
Police confirmed Davison later turned the gun on himself.
Cops said his social media channels, claims his family went to the NHS and force about his mental health, will form part of their investigation.
His YouTube channels including confessional vlogs, deadlifting, and hopes of joining the Army one day.
In his final video, he complained he was a "fat" and "ugly virgin".
He told his followers: "Most people would have been completely utterly broken if they had lived my f****** life…
"I'm surprised I even made it this far, to be honest.
"I'm not trying to say pity party, or I'm the biggest victim in the world.
"But I know for a fact that if people had lived my f****** life, they wouldn't have lasted."
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