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Man dies after being shot by armed officer

Man dies after being shot by armed officer

A 24-year-old man died after being shot in the chest by a firearms officer in Luton, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.

Josh Pitt was shot by a Bedfordshire Police officer at around 2pm on November 9 at a property in Tracey Court, off Hibbert Street.

Police were responding to reports that a woman had been assaulted at the property when Mr Pitt, from Leighton Buzzard, was shot, Bedfordshire Police said.

He was treated at the scene by officers and paramedics and taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.50pm.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Friday gave the provisional cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the chest, the IPCC said.

The watchdog said it was investigating the incident and had recovered "a number of knives" from the scene.

Mary Cunneen, IPCC commissioner, said: "My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Josh and all of those affected by this fatal shooting.

"Our investigation will look at the circumstances surrounding the incident and the actions of the officers involved. We have spoken to Josh's next of kin to inform them of our role and will be keeping them updated.

"I ask anybody who may have seen or heard anything in the Hibbert Street area on Wednesday afternoon, which may be useful to our investigation, to contact us."

Anyone with information should contact the IPCC on 0800 096 9072.