Police watchdog releases more details on fatal Stanningley standoff as fired gun found at scene

The police watchdog has issued a statement after a man died following a stand-off with West Yorkshire Police in Stanningley.

On Sunday, June 9, West Yorkshire Police were called at 12.35pm to a house in Half Mile Green, Stanningley. It was described as a "domestic incident" involving a man held up inside with a handgun. Armed police surrounded the building and a tense stand-off lasting several hours ensued.

Negotiators attempted to speak with the man from outside the house throughout the day, but the stand-off continued into the evening. Just before 11pm, police officers broke their way into the house where they found a man critically injured.

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They began CPR and he was rushed to hospital but died on Monday morning. The force then referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), as is procedure.

Now, the IOPC has confirmed it is investigating. An inspector has been on the scene and is gathering evidence.

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The IOPC has confirmed a gun that had been fired was found found at the scene which did not belong to the police. It has also confirmed the police used CS gas at the tense scene, as well as a "distraction device", which set off a number of loud bangs as the police made entry.

IOPC Regional Director Emily Barry said: "Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends and all those affected by the tragic incident on Sunday.

"Given a man has died after coming into contact with police then it’s our role is to independently investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident including the actions and decisions taken by the police.

"We appreciate that the community will want answers quickly and our investigators are working hard to establish the facts and piece together the sequence of events on the night."

The coroner has also been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place.