Half Mile Green, Stanningley: IOPC police watchdog issue update after man dies in Leeds

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct has begun investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident in Leeds in which a man died.

IOPC have been told by West Yorkshire Police that officers were called to a domestic-related incident at 12.35pm on Sunday (June 9) at a property in Half Mile Green in Stanningley.

Force firearms officers attended after the man at the address appeared to be in possession of a handgun. Police negotiators were called and attempted to speak with the man from outside the premises.

The scene of the incident.The scene of the incident.
The scene of the incident. | James Hardisty

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Just before 11pm, officers forced entry to the property. Upon entry, they found a man critically injured and began to administer first aid. He was taken to hospital with his injuries but was sadly pronounced dead on Monday morning. (June 10)

Following a mandatory referral from the force, the IOPC sent an investigator to the scene and post incident procedures to begin obtaining and reviewing evidence.

It has now confirmed that a non-police firearm was found at the scene which the early evidence suggests had been discharged. They have also established that police deployed CS gas and a distraction device, which let off several loud bangs as officers made entry.

IOPC regional director Emily Barry said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends and all those affected by the tragic incident on Sunday. Given a man has died after coming into contact with police then it’s our role is to independently investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident including the actions and decisions taken by the police.

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“We appreciate that the community will want answers quickly and our investigators are working hard to establish the facts and piece together the sequence of events on the night.”

HM Coroner has been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place.