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4 March 2012, 08:07
A man has been shot dead in Culcheth during a police operation involving armed officers from Greater Manchester Police.
Cheshire Police said the man was shot after the car he was in was stopped by officers from Greater Manchester Police.
The incident, which took place in Culcheth last night (Saturday March 3rd), has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Two men were arrested at the scene and are in police custody.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said:
"At around 7.20pm on Saturday March 3, an incident took place near Jackson Avenue in Culcheth, Cheshire, whereby a car was stopped by armed officers from Greater Manchester Police.
"During the contact, a male occupant of the car was shot and sustained fatal injuries.
"Two men were arrested at the scene and remain in custody. The deceased's next of kin have been informed.
"Cheshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the full circumstances of the incident and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed.
"Cheshire police patrols have been increased in the area, and the community of Culcheth should be reassured that this is an isolated incident and there is no risk to the community as a whole.''
A GMP spokesman said the IPCC was investigating the fatal shooting.
People living in the village have described what happened as the incident unfolded near Jackson Avenue.
Anthony Brown described his fear over "mad men running around with guns''.
He told Sky News his daughter Jess arrived home "hysterical'', and said
"She was crying her eyes out, barging through the door.'
"You don't want the kids outside when there's mad men running round with guns shooting.''
His daughter Jess said:
"I couldn't see anyone's faces who were driving past and running away. I just saw loads of people running around everywhere trying to get away from everything and trying to get inside.
"It looked like something off a film, like it didn't feel real at all. It was horrible.''
A spokeswoman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said:
"The IPCC has been informed by Cheshire Constabulary of an incident near Jackson Avenue, Culcheth, Cheshire at approximately 7.20pm on Saturday, March 3 where a man was fatally shot by armed officers from Greater Manchester Police.
"The incident has been referred to the IPCC who will independently investigate. IPCC investigators are at the scene and working with officers from both Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Constabulary.''
She said the IPCC investigation is at a very early stage and a further statement will be issued in due course.