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Police 'had to take action' when they shot Essex man

The incident happened in Great Dunmow in 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police watchdog has found officers 'acted reasonably' when they shot and injured a man on a public street in Essex.

48-year-old Stephen Debley was chased through Great Dunmow town centre in 2015 after he made threats to kill police and pointed a replica gun at them.

He was shot after he refused to put it down.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission found officers had to take action to prevent him from killing or injuring anyone.

He was jailed last year after pleading guilty to offences of possessing firearms with intent and making threats to kill.