source: Birmingham Mail
published: 26 March 2019
The police watchdog is investigating the information passed to officers before a father-of-two was shot dead at a Birmingham flat. Trevor Smith was shot as armed police carried out a raid at his fourth floor flat in Wheeleys Lane, Lee Bank, in the early hours of March 15.
The 52-year-old died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, discharged by one of six firearms officers present during the search warrant.
The officers “used an enforcer” to get into the property where they saw Birmingham City supporter Mr Smith in his bedroom, an opening inquest heard on Wednesday, March 26.
Ambulance crews were called to the flat by police at 5.04am and investigators from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) were notified by the force of a police shooting just before 6am.
Officers discovered a firearm at the apartment, which is being examined by forensics. Following the inquest hearing , the IOPC said it was examining the intelligence that led to the raid. It was also probing the ‘decision-making’ of the officers involved, it said.