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Update following fatal police shooting in Coventry

Investigations are continuing today after a police operation in Coventry during which a man was shot dead by armed police.

A warrant was executed as part of an intelligence-led operation in Burnaby Road at around 6.20pm last night (Friday 4 January). 

A 31-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene while two other men were detained by officers. 

The men, both aged 26, have been held on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis and remain in police custody today.

The area is currently cordoned off and a search of the property is under way.

Body-worn video has been recovered from officers involved in the operation.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

UPDATED at 5.30pm on 5 January: This is the full statement from ACC Sue Southern

Last night, West Midlands Police, including firearms officers, executed a warrant at an address in Burnaby Road, Coventry, as part of a long-running criminal investigation.


During the operation, a 31-year-old man was shot dead by police. This is clearly a tragic incident that will be thoroughly investigated.


His family are being supported by a specially trained officer from the Independent Office for Police Conduct.


Two other men aged 26 were detained inside the property and have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis and remain in custody this afternoon.


This was an intelligence-led operation, but I am not in a position to elaborate on the nature of it at this time.


We are liaising with the IOPC and will fully assist its investigation.