Inquest date set for Portbury Hundred police shooting death

Spencer Ashworth

Spencer Ashworth - Credit: Supplied

The date of an inquest into the death of a man who was shot dead by police has been confirmed.

The hearing into the death of Spencer Ashworth, who was killed by police on The Portbury Hundred, will begin on March 2, 2020.

The inquest, which will take place before a jury at Avon Coroner's Court in Flax Bourton, is expected to last five weeks.

Senior coroner Maria Voisin will preside over the hearing.

Mr Ashworth, aged 29, was shot dead by Avon and Somerset Constabulary officers on September 27, 2017, amid reports he had a handgun and had threatened another motorist.

Police stopped Mr Ashworth's vehicle on the Portbury Hundred near junction 19 of the M5.

Shots are believed to have been fired by four authorised firearms officers, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has previously said.

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Mr Ashworth's last known address was believed to be in Portishead.