Wednesday 26 July 2017

Man dies in police shooting near motorway in West Yorkshire

Man killed during a
Man killed during a "pre-planned" swoop on a car
At the scene a silver Audi had bullet holes in its windscreen and bonnet
The dead man's identity has not been released and police are yet to confirm any further details about the operation.

David Wilcock, Scott D'Arcy and Ryan Wilkinson

A man has been shot dead by police during an operation near a motorway.

He was killed during a "pre-planned" swoop on a car near junction 24 of the M62 in Huddersfield at around 6pm on Monday.

At the scene a silver Audi had bullet holes in its windscreen and bonnet.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the operation was not terror related and that a car had also been stopped in the Chain Bar area of Bradford at around the same time.

Five people were arrested across the two vehicle stops, three in Huddersfield and two in Bradford.

Several of those arrested needed hospital treatment for injuries "not related to firearm discharge" but no police officers were hurt, a force spokesman said.

The dead man's identity has not been released and police are yet to confirm any further details about the operation.

The force said it had informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission and was "fully co-operating" with the watchdog's investigators.

At the scene a silver Audi had bullet holes in its windscreen and bonnet
At the scene a silver Audi had bullet holes in its windscreen and bonnet

The eastbound carriageway of the M62 is open at junction 24 but all other sliproads remain closed while the investigation continues.

A police spokesman said: "During a pre-planned policing operation near to the M62 in Huddersfield a police firearm was discharged and a man has died.

The dead man's identity has not been released and police are yet to confirm any further details about the operation.
The dead man's identity has not been released and police are yet to confirm any further details about the operation.

"An immediate referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who are in attendance in West Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police are fully co-operating with their investigation."

Witnesses reported seeing "five or six" police cars, a Mercedes E Class and a Jaguar at the scene.

Local councillor Gemma Wilson said she was driving home from the cinema when she saw at least five or six police cars go past.

She said: "The police cars were used as a barricade to stop people getting on to the motorway.

"The initial speculation was it was a crash and I assumed it was some sort of massive pile-up."

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