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Man shot dead by police in Birmingham 'intelligence-led' operation

A man in his 50s has been shot dead by police in an “intelligence-led” operation in Birmingham, said a police spokesman.

West Midlands police said officers were carrying out a warrant near the city centre just before 5am on Friday. The man was shot and died at the scene shortly afterwards, the force said.

The operation took place on Wheeleys Lane, a short walk south-west of the city centre.

The officers’ body-worn footage had been downloaded, police said. The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

It is the second fatal shooting this year involving West Midlands police armed officers after Sean Fitzgerald, 31, was shot once in the chest during an incident in Coventry in January. No firearm was recovered from the scene of that shooting, and an officer is under investigation by the IOPC.

It is the fourth police shooting in the West Midlands since 2017. Before that, no one had been shot by the force since 2000.

David Jamieson, the region’s police and crime commissioner, said: “I scrutinise the police use of force very closely.

“Officers involved in this incident were wearing body-worn cameras and that footage is being reviewed. I can also confirm the matter has been referred to the police watchdog – the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

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