Portishead shooting: Man dies after police surround car

Posted by Warren Fyfe on September 27, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site
Media captionVideo from scene of Portbury Hundred incident

A man has died in a “police shooting” involving a car near the M5 motorway in the Bristol area.

The incident happened on the Portbury Hundred (A369) near junction 19 for Portishead at about 09:30 BST.

One eyewitness told the BBC he saw officers firing at the passenger window and dragging a man out the car.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the fatality and has referred the shooting to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Latest updates from the scene

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Forensic teams are carrying out fingertip searches of the scene

The force said it was not terror-related.

David Ellison told BBC Radio Bristol he saw officers fire between six and 10 shots through the passenger window using handguns.

“They surrounded it. They shot maybe five, six or ten times,” he said.

“Then they dragged a man from the car to resuscitate him.

“It came off the roundabout towards Portishead and then was boxed in by cars.”

The BBC’s Jon Kay said there was a red car with smashed windows visible behind the police cordon.

At the scene: BBC reporter Jon Kay

It was 09:30 when eyewitnesses say marked and unmarked police vehicles surrounded a red saloon car on the main road which comes off the M5 motorway and heads towards the town of Portishead a couple of miles away.

One man who was driving past at the time told BBC News that armed officers fired into the car.

The eyewitness said officers then dragged the single occupant out of the vehicle where they began resuscitation.

Shortly afterwards paramedics and the air ambulance arrived.

Forensic teams in white protective suits are now carrying out a fingertip search of the area, photographing the car and the bullet-holes in the windows

This main road in and out of Portishead is expected to remain closed for several hours.

A police spokesman said: “We can confirm a man died earlier this morning in an incident involving police firearms on The Portbury Hundred (A369) in Portishead.

“We have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”

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A police cordon is in place at the Portbury Hundred

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An air ambulance is at the scene of the shooting

An IPCC spokesman confirmed it had launched an investigation and said its teams were at the scene gathering evidence.

The Great Western Air Ambulance’s critical care team also attended the scene.

The Portbury Hundred links the M5 motorway to the town of Portishead, to the west of Bristol.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-41415223

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