Man dies after 'discharging firearm' in Stafford

A general view of Espley's Yard in Stafford
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A man died following a concern for welfare report. Police were called to Espley's Yard in Stafford over fears for a man's safety.

During the incident, a man in his 50s discharged a firearm which left him seriously injured. Police have confirmed he died a short time later despite the best efforts of medics at the scene.

There is now an increased police presence in the area following the incident which happened at around 6.20pm on Friday, May 31. The man's next of kin have been informed of his death, Staffordshire Police has said.

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Detective Inspector Louise Booker, who is investigating the incident, said: "Our thoughts are with the man’s family in what is a tragic incident. We remain in regular contact with them and will be providing specialist support."

The death is not being treated as suspicious and there is no wider threat to the public, a spokesperson for the force added. The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to previous police contact.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: "We are investigating the circumstances leading up to a man’s death in Stafford on Friday (31 May). Emergency services were called to a report of a concern for welfare at Espley's Yard in Stafford at around 6.20pm.

"During the incident, a man in his 50s discharged his firearm, resulting in him being seriously injured. Despite the best efforts of medical staff at the scene, he sadly died a short while later.

"Officers secured the scene and we do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public. We are not looking for anyone else as part of this investigation. The man’s next of kin have been informed."

They continued: "There has been an increased police presence in the area following on from the incident to assist with the investigation and to provide reassurance to local residents. We are not treating the death as suspicious but we continue to investigate the circumstances that led up to this tragic incident.

"If anyone has any information that may help with the investigation, please call 101 quoting incident number 534 of 31 May. Alternatively, for guaranteed anonymity, you can contact Crimestoppers. The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to previous police contact."