Man dies in police firearms incident near Portishead

A man died yesterday in an incident involving police firearms on the A369.

The incident is under investigation by the IPCC. The road has now been reopened.

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Police say drivers spotted motorist with a gun before A369 incident

The incident took place near J19 of the M5. Credit: ITV West Country

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.

– Avon and Somerset Police

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.

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