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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

M5 Shooting: Man dies during police firearms incident in Portishead

A man has died after being shot up to 10 times by armed police close to a junction of the M5 motorway in Portishead, North Somerset, according to eyewitnesses.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed a man died during an “incident involving police firearms” on the A369, close to the M5 Gordano services, near Bristol.

An eyewitness described seeing police shoot into a red Suzuki Swift car that had been stopped by officers.

The shooting occured in Portishead this morning.

There were at least four bullet holes in the side of the hatchback car, and what appeared to be a black handgun on the roof.

An air ambulance has been dispatched to the scene (Picture: SWNS)

In an image from the shooting scene, there appeared to be a handgun on the roof of the red car involved. (SWNS)

The Avon and Somerset force has referred the shooting to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but confirmed it was not terror-related.

Pictures from the scene show a man lying face-up on the road covered in a bloodied blanket in front of the red car.

A man has died during an "incident involving police firearms" near Bristol, Avon and Somerset Police said. The A369 was closed at Portbury, close to the M5 west of Bristol, and an eyewitness claimed he saw police shoot into a car that had been stopped. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: 

"We can confirm a man died earlier this morning in an incident involving police firearms on The Portbury Hundred (A369) in Portishead."

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