Man shot dead during police incident in England, officials say

Police surround car 'several shots fired' in incident near Bristol- witnesses

Police have closed a road in North Somerset, near Bristol, after a person was killed in suspected gunfire on Wednesday morning.

The "incident involving police firearms" happened in Portishead, west of London, Avon and Somerset police said. They maybe shot with handguns five, six, maybe 10 times.

Commenting on the Hello Portishead Facebook page, eyewitness Mark De Lancey described seeing officers smashing the window of a auto and dragging a man out. A witness said the police opened fired numerous times at a vehicle and dragged the man out to resuscitate him.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had been notified of an "incident" by the force.

Motorists will not be able to access Portishead from Junction 19 of the M5.

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A council spokesman said: "If you are heading home to Portishead tonight either northbound or southbound on the M5 then your best route home is via Clevedon (junction 20) using the B3124 towards Portishead".

A red vehicle at the scene had what appeared to be bullet holes in its side and a handgun on its roof.

There are bullet holes in the windows and shards of shattered glass on the tarmac below. "God knows what was happening". They're now on the scene carrying out an independent investigation which we are supporting.

A post-mortem examination of the dead man is due to be held on Thursday.

"There would have been a large number of witnesses, given this incident took place on a busy road during rush hour".

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