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Man Dies After Police Operation In West Yorkshire

A man has died in a police shooting during an operation near the M62.

West Yorkshire Police said a police firearm was discharged at about 18:00 GMT on Monday in Huddersfield. A force spokesman said five people were arrested as a result of the operation, including three in the M62 incident. Police said the operation was not terrorism related.

Traffic is now able to access the M62 eastbound at Junction 24. All other slip roads remain closed.

Those arrested required hospital treatment for injuries “not related to firearm discharge”, the police spokesman said. No officers were injured in the incident, which has been referred to the police watchdog.

A West Yorkshire 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. “An immediate referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who are in attendance in West Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire Police are fully co-operating with their investigation.”

West Yorkshire Police is calling it a “pre-planned operation” and, looking at the number of police vehicles involved, it is fairly clear this wasn’t a response to something the force did not know about.

The operation appears to have been planned around one car – believed to be an Audi. It appears to have been heading off the M62 at around 17:30 GMT on Monday, heading towards Huddersfield, when it was stopped by at least one unmarked police car that was following it.

The car that was stopped, which is still there this morning, was boxed in. Shortly after this a shot was fired and a man died. A close-up photo shows the marks from what appears to be three bullets in the Audi’s windscreen and a side window that has been smashed. The spokesman said two of the five arrests were made during a second vehicle stop in the Chain Bar area of Bradford, also at about 18:00 on Monday.

The IPCC said an investigation into the incident was under way and the man’s family had been informed.

Eyewitness Rahul Tandon, from Halifax, told BBC Radio Leeds he was stopped by police on the exit slip road of junction 24 as the incident happened. “As we pulled off the motorway we could see a lot of police vehicles, a lot of flashing lights,” he said. “We were basically the first car that was stopped by police and we just waited and waited.”

Mr Tandon added: “Over the next 10 to 15 minutes there was frenetic activity as more and more police vehicles arrived. “At about 6.15 to 6.20, policemen were running up the slope to an ambulance and beckoning them to come quickly.” He said the police eventually told him and other drivers to leave the scene by reversing up the slip road and back on to the M62.

Recent Police Shootings

November 2016: Lewis Skelton, 31, was Tasered and shot dead by Humberside Police in Hull, amid reports he was “running around with an axe”.
November 2016: Josh Pitt, 24, died after being shot by a firearms officer in Luton as Bedfordshire Police responded to reports that a woman had been assaulted.
May 2016: William Smith, 36, was shot dead in Goudhurst, Kent, while on bail in connection with the death of 73-year-old Roy Blackman.
March 2016: James Wilson, 24, died in hospital after being shot by Northumbria Police in South Shields after police responded to reports a man was holding a handgun.