Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Portishead Shooting: Man Dies After 'Police Firearms Incident' On A369

The scene on the road into Portishead North Somerset where a man was apparently shot by police
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Francis Hawkins  SWNS The scene on the road into Portishead North Somerset where a man was apparently shot by police Credit Francis Hawkins SWNS
Sammy Stanley | 28 September, 2017, 00:25

While BBC Radio Bristol reported that police fired at a vehicle a number of times, quoting eye-witnesses, the police have neither confirmed nor denied it.

Avon and Somerset Police is yet to provide more information on the incident that occurred on the A369 Portbury Hundred at around 9.30am.

Avon & Somerset Constabulary confirmed the fatality and said the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating the incident, said it understood officers responded to reports that a man was travelling on the M5 with a handgun and he had threatened another motorist.

An eyewitness told the BBC that he saw officers firing at the passenger window and dragging a man out of the vehicle.

An object on the roof of the red vehicle looks like a handgun to the naked eye.

David Ellison told BBC Radio Bristol: "As I came out of Portishead to join the motorway I got stopped". They shot maybe five, six or ten times. "God knows what was happening". "I did wonder if it was gun fire but though surely not in Portishead".

The road is closed in both directions from junction 19 of the M5 to its junction with Conference Avenue, including Sheepway and Station Road in Portbury.

A statement said: "This has been a fast moving incident and is now under investigation by the IPCC".

Roads leading to the scene in Portbury are closed after a man died following an incident involving police firearms.

"This is to ensure all necessary evidence is gathered and a thorough examination of the scene of this morning's incident is carried out", a police spokesman said.

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