MAN WIELD­ING AXE IN STREET IS SHOT BY COPS

Wit­nesses tell of bloody scene

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By AMY MUR­PHY and DAVE HIGGENS news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A 31-YEAR-OLD man “run­ning around with an axe” in a city sub­urb was shot by po­lice.

Wit­nesses at the scene, close to Hull city cen­tre, said they heard loud gun­shots and then saw a man on the floor, sur­rounded by po­lice, with “blood gush­ing out of him”.

Hum­ber­side Po­lice said they were called to the Hold­er­ness Road area of the city yes­ter­day morn­ing “fol­low­ing re­ports of con­cerns for the safety of the pub­lic in re­la­tion to a man” near a post of­fice.

But wit­nesses said the shoot­ing took place closer to the city cen­tre, in an area cor­doned off by po­lice.

Wit­ness An­dre Fos­ter said he was in a nearby build­ing and saw the man af­ter he had been shot by po­lice.

He said: “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.”

Liver

Mr Fos­ter added: “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 con­tin­ued: “He was mov­ing around, wrig­gling his body around like he was in agony.”

Another wit­ness, who only gave her name as Rachel, said: “We heard two loud bangs and a man scream­ing, which made us all get up and see what was go­ing on, and there was a man laid on the floor with quite a lot of blood loss and ob­vi­ously it was all run­ning down the path.”

She added that the man had what she be­lieved to be four Taser marks – or “prongs” – in his back.

A man near the scene, who did not want to be named, said he be­lieved the in­jured man was his cousin, who he said suf­fers from men­tal health is­sues and has prob­lems with drugs.

He said: “All I’ve heard is one of my friends rang me and said, ‘Your cousin’s been run­ning around with an axe and he’s been Tasered and they’ve shot him’. That’s all I know.

“I’m go­ing to go and find out how he is now.”

There was a large po­lice pres­ence in the sealed off area and fire of­fi­cers could be seen erect­ing large screens in a car park.

There also ap­peared to be a red and white screen in place out­side a build­ing.

Cor­dons

Of­fice work­ers stood out­side the build­ing watch­ing as po­lice stood guard at the cor­dons.

A Hum­ber­side Po­lice spokesman said: “The man, who can­not be named, is now re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

“An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way and the in­ci­dent re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion, which is stan­dard prac­tice in such in­ci­dents.

“We are not look­ing for any­one else in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent at this time.”

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