source: The Guardian
published: 5 January 2019
An ex-serviceman has been shot dead by police officers during a “pre-planned” raid on a house in Coventry. Sean Fitzgerald, 31, died during an intelligence-led operation on Friday evening in the north of the city.
At about 1pm on Saturday, police said they could not confirm whether a gun was found at the scene because the police watchdog was investigating. Later however, West Midlands police confirmed they were yet to find a firearm, adding that a search was ongoing.
A friend said Fitzgerald had served in the British army until recently. Another claimed Fitzgerald was shot in the back as he tried to escape armed officers, although police refuted this at a press conference on Saturday evening.
Asked about the claims, assistant chief constable Sue Southern said: “From the information I have at this point, that is not my understanding.
“Body-worn video has been examined and there will be a full forensic postmortem, and the findings of that will form part of the independent IOPC investigation.”