A post-mortem report indicates that a man shot by police died from a single gunshot wound. This was after an operation held on January 4th at 6.20 in Coventry along Burnaby Road.
The man, Sean Fitzgerald, a resident of the area, died when he was shot by police who stormed his address. The man died a few minutes after the raid. Two men aged 26 were arrested with suspicion of dealing with drugs.
According to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, Mr. Fitzgerald was shot after an officer from West Midlands Police discharged a single round. IOPC did not recover any firearms from the scene after house to house inquiries and forensic examinations.
All police officers present at the property will be subject to witness statements including the firearms officer who fired the shot that killed Mr. Fitzgerald.
Derrick Campbell, the IOPC regional director, sent his condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Fitzgerald during their difficult time. He also assured the family that his office would keep them updated on the investigation.
The director also added that investigation will take focus on the actions and the officers’ decision making at the scene alongside the planning and the execution of intelligence in the operation.
“At this stage, we have confirmed that Mr. Fitzgerald was shot once in the chest by a firearms officer,” Mr. Campbell said.
The IOPC is assuring people of an independent investigation. They are promising a thorough investigation that will scrutinize and report findings on all circumstances. Investigators have questioned a number of people in the Burnaby Road area but are requesting persons with information especially footage on the incident to bring it forward to help in fact-finding.
Among the two men arrested, one was released but under investigation, and the second man was released on bail.