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Police shoot motorist dead after gunman spotted in car

By Claire Hayhurst

A man has died after being shot up to 10 times by armed police when members of the public reported seeing a motorist with a handgun.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed a man died during an "incident involving police firearms" on the A369 Portbury Hundred road, close to the M5 Gordano services, near Bristol.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC), which is investigating the incident, said officers responded to reports of a man travelling on the M5 with a handgun and he had threatened another motorist. The car left the motorway at Junction 19 and armed officers stopped the vehicle on the Portbury Hundred.

An eyewitness described seeing police shoot into a stationary red Suzuki Swift car.

There were at least four bullet holes in the off-side of the red hatchback car, and what appeared to be a black handgun resting on the roof.

David Ellison told BBC Radio Bristol: "As I came out of Portishead to join the motorway I got stopped. Ahead of me were police in the road.

"I saw them back off from a car and then they surrounded it. They maybe shot with handguns five, six, maybe 10 times.

"Then they dragged a man from the car to resuscitate him."

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