A 31-year-old man shot by police in Hull following reports that he was "running around with an axe" has died in hospital. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has already launched an investigation into the incident, which took place near a city centre post office in the Holderness Road/Charles Street area on 29 November at 9.37am.
Humberside Police initially rushed to the area at 9.20am because of "concerns for the safety of the public". Some eye-witnesses reported that the man, who has not yet been named by police, was waving a double-edged axe. The IPCC said it appeared the man was shot more than once. A Taser is also said to have been discharged during the incident.
A local man, Andre Foster, saw the man after he was shot. Mail Online quoted him as saying: "We heard two big, loud bangs, gun sounds, we looked out the window, we saw this fella on the floor, blood was gushing out of him. There were around six police around him, trying to stop him bleeding. I never saw an axe or anything, never saw a weapon."
Mr Foster went on: "It looked like he'd been Tasered. He had a big cut at the bottom, near his liver, and one at the top I think, and blood was just gushing out of him. He was moving around, wriggling his body around like he was in agony."
The man was initially reported to have died at the scene but the report was incorrect. He was rushed to hospital where he later died of his injuries. His next-of-kin have been informed. A terrorist link is not suspected, investigating officer Superintendent Scott Young told reporters.
In a statement released before the man died, Humberside Police said: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time. As such, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage."
The IPCC, which investigates all incidents in which a police weapon is discharged, are investigating. IPCC Associate Commissioner, Tom Milson, said: "Our thoughts are with the man's friends and family, and all those affected at this very difficult time."
Witnesses can contact the IPCC on 0800 096 9071. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org