HET report says Joe McCann shooting was unjustified

29 January 2013

A new report has found that the Army was not justified in shooting dead an Official IRA man in Belfast during the Troubles. Joe McCann was shot by soldiers in disputed circumstances in Joy Street in the Markets area close to his home on 15 April 1972.

The review team's report said: "Joe's actions did not amount to the level of specific threat which could have justified the soldiers opening fire in accordance with the Army rules of engagement."

The Historical Enquiries Team has carried out an investigation into his death. Members of the Parachute Regiment shot Joe McCann several times as he ran away from police in Belfast, a team of detectives said. He was unarmed at the time. Mr McCann's daughter, Nuala, said: "The shooting of our father was not justified. It was unjustified."