Inquiry into fatal police shooting in Portishead is complete

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 February 2019

Spencer Ashworth

Spencer Ashworth


An inquiry into the fatal shooting of Spencer Ashworth near Portishead has been completed.

Spencer Ashworth, aged 29, was shot by Avon and Somerset police officers on the Portbury Hundred 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 (IOPC) previously said.

The IOPC opened an inquiry into his death after the incident.

The investigation has been completed but the findings will not be released until Mrs Ashworth’s inquest takes place.

An IOPC spokesman said: “Our investigation was completed in November and we await the inquest before issuing our findings.”

A date for the inquest has not yet been set.

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