Portbury Hundred shooting: Police commission appeals for information

Police forensics at the scene on the A369 in Portbury. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Police forensics at the scene on the A369 in Portbury. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into a police shooting which killed a man near Portishead yesterday (Wednesday).

Avon and Somerset police responded to reports of a man driving on the M5 with a handgun and threatening another motorist at around 9.30am.

The driver then left the motorway before being boxed in by both marked and unmarked police vehicles.

He was then shot by a police firearms team.

MORE: Police confirm man was shotIPCC investigators have been at the scene to gather evidence and monitor the forensic examination, while officers involved are also expected to give their accounts on the incident.

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said: “My thoughts are with the man’s family and all those affected at this difficult time.

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“The investigation is in its very early stages and we will be working hard to establish exactly what happened, and would ask for patience while our investigation continues.

“At this stage we are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident and no individual police officer is under investigation.

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“There would have been a large number of witnesses, given this incident took place on a busy road during rush hour.

“We would ask anyone with information that may assist our independent investigation make contact with our investigations.”

The Portbury Hundred has remained closed this morning while investigations continue.

MORE: Road remains closed through rush hourAnyone with information is asked to call 08000 294686 or email m5portishead@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk

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