Police shoot dad-of-two dead in Swindon after fight breaks out in street

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A dad-of-two has been shot dead by police after officers were called to reports of two men "arguing in the street".

The national police watchdog is investigating after officers shot him in Summers Street, Swindon just after 2am this morning.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the man was declared dead in an ambulance at 2.56am.

Neighbours have paid tribute to the man who was shot.

An rifle-style pellet gun was reportedly recovered from the street by police forensics officers earlier this morning.

One of the men’s neighbours, a 66-year-old man who did not want to give his name, said the man had been the first to help others out, the Swindon Advertiser reports.

“Anything you needed or wanted he’d have helped you out,” he said – adding that his friend, a father-of-two, had been a talented mechanic.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected by this terrible incident," the IOPC said in a statement.

"It is mandatory for us to conduct an independent investigation when the police fatally shoot a member of the public.

"We have established protocols with the police to ensure our investigations do not hinder their ability to conduct enquiries as part of their related investigations."

The victim of the shooting is yet to be named by the authorities.

Wiltshire Police said in a statement: "We can confirm that following an incident in Summers Street, Swindon, shortly after 2am this morning a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

"This is regarding the death of a member of the public.

"The IOPC are independently investigating this incident so it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further on it.

"We would, however, like to reassure the public there is no risk to the wider community and that there is likely to be an increased police presence in the area for a considerable time."

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