Man was not shot in the back, says po­lice watch­dog

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Jamie Bullen

A 31-YEAR-OLD former solider who was killed by po­lice dur­ing a raid in Coventry was not shot in the back, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice watch­dog.

Friends of Sean Fitzger­ald said he had been “unarmed” and was shot as he fled, but last night the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice of Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC) said there was no ev­i­dence of this.

The IOPC said of­fi­cers’ body cam­era footage showed “no in­di­ca­tion” that Mr Fitzger­ald had been shot in the back.

West Mid­lands Po­lice con­firmed one man was shot dead and two men were de­tained fol­low­ing what was de­scribed as an “intelligence-led op­er­a­tion”.

Of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a war­rant at an ad­dress in the street at around 6.20pm. A friend of Mr Fitzger­ald ear­lier said he was vis­it­ing a home in Burn­aby Road on Fri­day night when po­lice used lad­ders to burst into the prop­erty.

The IPOC con­firmed it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fa­tal­ity af­ter it was re­ferred by po­lice. The area around the scene re­mained cor­doned off yes­ter­day.

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