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UK Police fatally shoot a man during assault call out


Police responding to reports that a woman had been assaulted have shot dead a man in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Firearms officers were called out to a property in Tracey Court, where police ended up shooting a 24-year-old man.
He was treated at the scene by both police officers and paramedics before being bluelighted to hospital. But, doctors were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead in hospital.
An investigation into the police’s handling of the incident has now been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after Bedfordshire police referred itself to the organisation.
Chief constable Jon Boutcher said the thoughts of the force were with the family of the man involved in what he described as a “tragic incident”.
He said that the IPCC has been informed immediately, following standard protocol when someone dies following contact with the police, adding: “as such it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.”
An IPCC spokesman said: “Investigators have been sent to the scene and to the post-incident procedures where initial accounts will be provided.
“Investigators have also been sent to the hospital to make some initial inquiries. The man’s next of kin has been notified by Bedfordshire police and the IPCC will be contacting them to inform them of our role. The investigation is in its early stages and no further information is available at this time.”
Shootings by police officers are very rare in the UK, given that officers do not carry arms as a matter of course as they do in the US.
According to latest statistics from the Home Office, in the 12 months to March 2016, British police discharged their firearms on just seven occasions.
The figure is low as British police do not carry firearms as a matter of routine. Instead, as would appear to have happened on this occasion, specially trained firearms officers are called to situations where there is believed to be a threat to human life.
Armed police also stand guard in places thought to be likely targets for terrorists, such as government buildings and airports.
In March 2016, there were 5,639 officers authorised to use firearms, a fall compared to previous years.
The man’s next of kin are understood to have been informed, although he has not yet been officially named by police.