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The IPCC is investigating the fatal police shooting of a man in Cambridgeshire Getty

A man was shot dead by police who said they were concerned about the safety of residents of a property in Cambridgeshire. The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is investigating the incident.

The man, who was in his 40s, was shot by a firearms officer in Duck Lane, St Neots, just after 8pm on Wednesday (22 October). He died at the scene, and no one else was injured in the incident, Cambridgeshire Police said.

The building in which the shooting took place remains cordoned off by police while the IPCC is investigating. An IPCC spokesman said the man's next of kin has been informed.

Neighbours spoke of their shock. Anne Barrett told the Cambridge News: "I heard a noise. I didn't know what it was. I had the TV turned up and I heard this noise. It was like the sound of a firework."

An IPCC spokesman said: "The investigation is in the very early stages and we are unable to provide further details at this time.