Knifeman dies in hospital after being shot by police in Derby car park

A man who was seen armed with a knife in Derby has died in hospital after being shot by armed officers in a police station car park, Derbyshire Constabulary said.

Officers reported seeing the man in the car park of Ascot Drive police station, in Derby, at 9.55am on Friday, the force said.

Armed officers were called and shot the man at 10.03am, it added.

The man was treated by officers until paramedics arrived.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance but declared dead on arrival. No one else was hurt.

The force said inquiries were ongoing to identify the man who died and contact his next of kin.

A cordon has been put in place and shops within the area are shut.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been informed.

Customers shopping in stores close to the scene heard “six gunshots” ring out this morning, sparking an evacuation of a B&M store.

Aerial images show a shattered glass door at Ascot Drive police station, with medical equipment and clothes left scattered on the pavement.

Emma Smalley, 28, who was shopping in B&M at the time of the shooting, told DerbyshireLive: “We heard about six massive bangs and didn’t know what it was at the time.

“Everyone got evacuated. I’ve had to leave everything in there.

“I just thought it was banging. I didn’t know whether it was a delivery for B&M or someone in the warehouse. It was noisy.

“It’s quite scary to think that if I’d been any later getting there I could’ve witnessed it. I’ve got a three-year-old with me as well.”

Another witness, Tom Parker, 26, said: “We were in the factory just further down from Ascot Drive and we heard around six gunshots and then came running outside and saw about six to eight police cars came firing past.

“It was pretty scary.”

Mum-of-two Joanne Kennedy, 30, said: “I was on my way into the shop when I heard really loud crashes or bangs like beer barrels falling off a lorry.

“A minute or so later the whole place was swarming with cops and sirens blaring. We were all ordered back and told to leave the area.

“It was like something from a movie. I could hear a helicopter coming in and then it was suddenly away again.”

A police spokesperson said: “At 9.55am today (7 October) officers reported seeing a man armed with a knife in the secure car park off Ascot Drive in Derby.

“Armed officers were sent to the scene, and at 10.03am a police firearm was discharged.

“The man, whose identity is unknown, sustained a gunshot injury and East Midlands Ambulance Service were requested to attend.

“Officers administered first aid until paramedics attended the scene, and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify the deceased and his next of kin. No officers, staff or other members of the public were injured during the incident.

“A cordon is currently in place and Ascot Drive is currently closed and will remain so for some time while enquiries are ongoing.

“A number of local businesses that are located within the cordon have taken the decision to close – and shoppers were asked to leave by those stores.

“There have been no evacuations of any businesses or homes.

“As is standard procedure in such situations Derbyshire Constabulary’s Professional Standard’s Department has informed the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”