Police have released an update on this morning's incident in which a man died.
Earlier this morning we received calls from concerned members of the public travelling on the M5 who reported they had seen a man in a car with a handgun. The vehicle left the motorway at junction 19 and officers stopped the car on the A369 known as the Portbury Hundred. Shots were subsequently fired in an incident involving police firearms and a man has died.
Police say they referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and they are now on the scene carrying out an independent investigation.
The road is still expected to remain closed for some time.
The inquest into the driver fatally shot by police, after reports of him waving a gun on the M5, opened today.
Spencer Ashworth whose last known address was in Portishead was shot by firearms officers on the A369 Portbury Hundred on Wednesday morning.
Police say a man died this morning in an incident involving police firearms on The A369. The incident is under investigation by the IPCC.