A police guard dog is investigating after a man was shot dead by officers who were called to report a fight in the street. Neighbors said the man was holding an air rifle at the time.
The UK Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed that it is investigating after the 57-year-old died in an ambulance in the early hours of Sunday morning after the shooting in Swindon, Wiltshire, south-west England. The police officers responded to reports of two men arguing around 2am local time, the watchdog said. The 57-year-old was pronounced dead at 2:56 a.m. “Our thoughts and sympathy are with all those affected by this terrible incident,” the IOPC said in a statement.
“It is obligatory for us to conduct an independent investigation when the police shoot a citizen dead,” the statement continued. “We have established protocols with the police to ensure that our investigations do not interfere with their ability to conduct investigations as part of the related inquiries.
No arrests were made. Wiltshire police confirmed that the IOPC was involved in the death of a member of the public. This was stated by the police in a statement: “The IOPC is investigating this incident independently, so it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.
“However, we would like to assure the public that there is no danger to the general public and that the police presence in the area will probably be strengthened for some time to come.
said Deputy Chief Constable Debs Smith: “We would like to thank the residents of Summers Street and the wider public for their patience as the investigation in the area continues. We are aware that this has probably caused concern and anxiety among many people.
“However, this work is crucial as the IOPC continues its investigation to establish the full facts of what happened.
The man shot by police was named locally as the father of two Graham Trinder, the local newspaper Swindon Advertiser reports. Neighbors said that during the argument between two men – who reportedly drank together despite the current restrictions on mixing in the home – one of them went into his house and fetched the air rifle. An eyewitness claimed that he used the air rifle “to shoot at cans in his garden.
South Swindon MP and Attorney General Robert Buckland said on Sunday: “This is a serious and extraordinary incident; I have now received a briefing from the Chief Constable and I have been assured that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure the safety of the community following this serious incident”.