Derby: Man killed by police carried ‘samurai-like sword’

The scene outside Ascot Drive police station in Derby where a man was taken to hospital after being shot dead by armed officers. Picture date: Friday October 7, 2022. PA Photo. The man has died in hospital after being shot dead by armed officers responding to reports from colleagues of a knifeman in a police station car park, Derbyshire Constabulary said. See PA story POLICE Derby. Photo credit should read: Simon Marper/PA Wire

Witnesses reported hearing “five to six shots” (Image: PA)

Eyewitnesses have claimed a man shot dead by police in Derby was carrying a “samurai-like sword”.

The man, who has not been identified, was gunned down after breaching a parking lot and smashing the windows of parked vehicles.

Derbyshire Constabulary said armed officers had been dispatched to Ascot Drive and a police firearm was fired yesterday morning.

Forensic investigations are now underway and witnesses are coming forward to describe the horrifying moments that led up to the incident.

A resident said he was told the suspect had a weapon “like a samurai sword”.

“Apparently the intruder was initially tasered but that didn’t overpower him so they had to shoot,” they said, according to MailOnline.

Several witnesses have claimed to have heard between five and six shots.

The broken door of the police station. The scene of the shooting at Ascot Drive police station in Derby. October 7, 2022. See SWNS story SWBNshooting. At 9.55am today (October 7) officers reported seeing a man armed with a knife in the guarded car park at Ascot Drive Police Station on Ascot Drive in Derby. Armed officers were dispatched to the scene and at 10:03 a.m. police firearm was fired. The man, whose identity is unknown, suffered a gunshot wound and the East Midlands Ambulance Service was told to attend. Officers administered first aid until paramedics got to the scene and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigations to identify the deceased and his family are ongoing. No officers, employees or other members of the public were injured in the incident. A cordon is currently in place and Ascot Drive is currently closed and will remain so for some time while the investigation is still ongoing.

The glass of the police station was broken in the incident (Image: SWNS)

The scene outside Ascot Drive police station in Derby where a man was taken to hospital after being shot dead by armed officers. Picture date: Friday October 7, 2022. PA Photo. The man has died in hospital after being shot dead by armed officers responding to reports from colleagues of a knifeman in a police station car park, Derbyshire Constabulary said. See PA story POLICE Derby. Photo credit should read: Simon Marper/PA Wire

The scene is now being scoured by forensic investigators (Image: PA)

The scene of the shooting at Ascot Drive police station in Derby. October 7, 2022. See SWNS story SWBNshooting. At 9.55am today (October 7) officers reported seeing a man armed with a knife in the guarded car park at Ascot Drive Police Station on Ascot Drive in Derby. Armed officers were dispatched to the scene and at 10:03 a.m. police firearm was fired. The man, whose identity is unknown, suffered a gunshot wound and the East Midlands Ambulance Service was told to attend. Officers administered first aid until paramedics got to the scene and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigations to identify the deceased and his family are ongoing. No officers, employees or other members of the public were injured in the incident. A cordon is currently in place and Ascot Drive is currently closed and will remain so for some time while the investigation is still ongoing.

Local police reported seeing a man armed with a knife in the secure car park at Ascot Drive police station (Image: Tom Maddick/SWNS)

Mark Baxter, 59, an employee of a nearby motor company, said: “I was at reception with my colleague when suddenly there was a series of bangs.

“We looked at each other and knew right away it wasn’t a car misfire. There were two sharp explosions, two shots after that, a little delay, and then two more shots.

“We went outside and there were a lot of police officers. We saw someone lying on the ground and a guy with a gun standing over him, a policeman with a gun, and then they blocked the street.

A passerby, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “We heard people yelling ‘Put it down, hold it down, put it down’, then a series of really loud gunshots, five or six.

“You couldn’t believe it was happening, it was like something out of Line of Duty.”

Floorlayer Gary Lloyd, 50, was at the station when it happened. He previously told Metro.co.uk: “I was just sitting in my van and I heard about five gunshots which were very loud.

“So I got out of my van and went to check but couldn’t see anything but a lot of police cars/vans.”

No officers, staff or members of the public were injured in the incident, according to Derbyshire Constabulary.

The agency added that a police station window was smashed as armed officers rushed in, with drone images showing the broken glass and blood-stained clothing.

Derbyshire Constabulary said: “At 9.55am today (October 7) officers reported seeing a man armed with a knife in the secure car park of Ascot Drive Police Station on Ascot Drive in Derby.

“Armed officers were dispatched to the scene and at 10.03am a police firearm was fired.

“The man, whose identity is unknown, suffered a gunshot wound and the East Midlands Ambulance Service have been called to attend.”

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