A man reportedly armed with a knife at a Derby police station has died after being shot by officers.
Armed officers responded after a man armed with a knife was seen inside the secure car park of Ascot Drive Police Station, off Ascot Drive, at about 9.55am on Friday.
A police firearm was discharged at 10.03am, Derbyshire Police later confirmed.
The man, whose identity remains unknown, sustained a gunshot injury and East Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene.
Police administered first aid until paramedics arrived. The man was then taken by air ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man and his next of kin.
No police officers, staff or other members of the public were injured during the incident.
“A cordon remains place and Ascot Drive is closed and will remain so for some time while enquiries are ongoing,” said Derbyshire Police in a statement released at about 3pm on Friday.
“A number of local businesses that are located within the cordon have taken the decision to close – and shoppers were asked to leave by those stores. There have been no evacuations of any businesses or homes.”
It added that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been informed of the incident, as is standard procedure in such circumstances.
Eyewitnesses reported a huge emergency response in the area on Friday, involving both ambulances and police vehicles.
Mother-of-two Joanne Kennedy said: “I was on my way into the shop when I heard really loud crashes or bangs like beer barrels falling off a lorry.
At 9.55am today (7 October) officers reported seeing a man armed with a knife in the secure car park of Ascot Drive Police Station, off Ascot Drive in #Derby.
— Derbyshire Police (@DerbysPolice) October 7, 2022
“A minute or so later the whole place was swarming with cops and sirens blaring. We were all ordered back and told to leave the area.
“It was like something from a movie. I could hear a helicopter coming in and then it was suddenly away again.”
Other eyewitnesses reported hearing what they believed were multiple gunshots.
Jess Louise Peel told the Standard her cousin, who works at a nearby shop, heard what he thought were two gunshots.
One factory worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “We were in a factory just down Ascot Drive and we heard about six gunshots.
“We came running outside and saw about six to eight police cars firing past and immediately closing the road. Everyone was getting turned around, it was pretty scary.”
Gary Lloyd told the Standard: “I was sat in my van and I just heard five very loud bangs which sounded like gunshots.”