Investigators confirm man shot by police in Collier Row was carrying a gun
PUBLISHED: 11:48 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 April 2018
Police investigators have confirmed that the man who was shot dead yesterday by police in Collier Row was carrying a gun.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched an investigation following the incident that happened in the early hours of yesterday (Monday, April 9) morning.
An IOPC spokesman said that they believed officers responded to a call regarding a man who was alleged to be armed in the Collier Row area.
Three firearms officers attended and located the man at a petrol station in Collier Row and he was subsequently shot.
The IOPC confirmed that what appears to be a non-police issue firearm was recovered from the scene and will be examined by experts.
Police officers involved in the incident have provided the IOPC with witness accounts, and the body worn video from the officers has been given to investigators.
The IOPC is also recovering CCTV from the area, as well as undertaking house to house enquiries.
IOPC regional director Sarah Green said: “As we begin our investigation, my thoughts are with the man’s family and friends and all those affected by this incident.
“Our investigators are at the scene carefully overseeing the collection of forensic evidence. We have attended the MPS’ post incident procedures where officers are providing us with witness accounts.
“The three officers were equipped with body worn video, which has been provided to us - and we are also recovering CCTV from the area, as well as undertaking house to house enquiries.
“We have met with the man’s next of kin and we will be keeping them informed as our investigation progresses.”