Portbury Hundred shooting: Victim named as 29-year-old Portishead resident

Forensics teams captured on the scene back in September.. Picture: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

Forensics teams captured on the scene back in September.. Picture: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The man who died in a police shooting off the M5 has been named as a Portishead resident.

Police have named the victim as 29-year-old Spencer Ashworth, of Phoenix Way.

He was shot by a police firearms team at around 9.30am on Wednesday.

He was reported to have been travelling south on the M5 in a red Suzuki Swift while armed with a handgun.

Avon and Somerset police cars surrounded the man’s vehicle in The Portbury Hundred before officers fired.


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The incident is now being independently investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which is examining body-worn video footage from the scene.

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The IPCC is also appealing for any other road users who may have captured footage of the incident on dashcam.

Anyone with information is asked to call 08000 294686.

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