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Four bullets fired by police in fatal shooting of suspect

By Tom Pugh

Two firearms officers fired four times during a pre-planned police operation that ended in a man being left dead, investigators have revealed.

William Smith (36) died from gunshot wounds during the incident in Goudhurst, Kent, at around 8.30pm on May 1.

Mr Smith was on bail over the death of 73-year-old Roy Blackman. A police appeal was issued last month to find Mr Smith.

Mr Blackman was bludgeoned to death at his home in Headcorn Road, Biddenden, after burglars stole his safe during a burglary on March 21.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said ballistics analysis and statements from two Kent Police firearms officers indicate they discharged their weapons twice each during the operation.

It has emerged that two non-police firearms were recovered at the scene as investigators also revealed that no body-worn video footage was available from the operation.

An IPCC spokesman said: "The officers involved in the incident have provided both initial accounts and full accounts to the IPCC, in a process which was overseen by IPCC investigators."

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