Police in the UK have shot dead a man through the windscreen of a car in a pre-planned operation on a British motorway. Specially trained firearms officers who were in half a dozen unmarked vehicles trapped three luxury cars on the M62 before opening fire.
The road surrounding junction 24 of the motorway, close to Huddersfield, still remains closed and green screens have been erected to shield the site from the public. However, three cars can be seen – a Mercedes E Class, a Jaguar and an Audi.
Officers carried out the operation at 6pm last night. This morning, three bullet holes can be seen in the windscreen of the white Audi car on the driver side.
West Yorkshire Police have released very few details about the nature of the incident. The man who was fatally shot has not yet been identified. Meanwhile, three more people who were in the plush vehicles were also arrested and have been taken for hospital for treatment. However, police have said the treatment is not related to the firearm discharge.
In another raid, which took place at the same time, two further men were arrested after officers stopped another car in Bradford. While officers have not said what the operation was about, they have said the five arrests which have been made were not terror related.
The M62 sliproad is still closed and forensics teams, dressed in white suits, can be seen gathering evidence at the site. Police have said that no officers have been injured during the operation. The force has now referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is standard procedure when a fatality involving police takes place. Officers say they will be cooperating fully with the watchdog as it launches its probe. The M62 death is the ninth fatal shooting by police in the UK within nine months.