The Sun enthusiastically picked up on the story. The sister paper of the News of the World had also mysteriously obtained the last text message from the victim.
Suspected gangster Mark Duggan, 29, fired a handgun at an armed cop, whose life was saved when the bullet hit his radio.
The officer returned fire with his Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun - blasting dad-of-five Duggan twice in the face before slumping to the ground.
Duggan, known by the street name Starrish Mark, was a so-called gangsta member of North London's Tottenham Man Dem gang, which has links to Jamaica's ruthless Yardies.
A clear case of self-defence then?
Er, no. The Guardian then broke the story that the police lodged in the radio was, in fact, fired by a police gun:
Initial ballistics tests on the bullet that lodged in a police officer's radio when Mark Duggan died on Thursday night show it was a police issue bullet, the Guardian understands.
The Guardian's crime correspondent, Sandra Laville, reports:
The revelation will fuel the fury in Tottenham about the killing of Mark Duggan by armed officers.
It also undermines suggestions that there was an exchange of fire between Duggan and the police before he died.
The bullet which was found lodged in the radio of one of the officers at the scene is still undergoing forensic tests. But reliable sources have said the first ballistics examinations suggested it was a police issue bullet.
These are very distinct as the Metropolitan Police uses dum dum type hollowed out bullets designed not to pass through an object.
The early suggestion from the IPCC was that the Met officers had returned fire after someone in the minicab opened fire. But the result of the ballistics early test suggests both shots fired came from the police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is currently investigating, just as it did in the case of Jean Charles de Menezes. This was the Brazilian shot and killed by the Metropolitan Police in 2007 and subsequently painted as a "bomber" by the media. The police press machine span a host of lies about his "suspicious" actions, which were all exposed as lies in the subsequent inquest.
Once again, it appears the police spin machine can't help itself in defending the indefensible.