A man has died after being shot by a police firearms officer during an incident in Luton on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the shooting occurred after they were called to reports of a woman being assaulted at a property in Tracey Court, off Hibbert Street, around 1.30pm.
Bedfordshire Police did not elaborate on what happened next, but it resulted in a 24-year-old man being shot. The man’s name has not yet been released.
The man was treated at the scene by officers and paramedics and then taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.50pm.
Hibbert Street and Tracey Court remain closed while investigations are carried out into the incident, police said.
The force has referred an incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who are now investigating.
Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “First and foremost our thoughts are very much with the family of the man involved in this tragic incident.
“The IPCC has been informed, as is standard protocol when someone has died following police contact, and as such it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.”
The IPCC said its investigators had been sent to the scene and to the “post-incident procedures where initial accounts will be provided” and also attended the hospital to make initial enquiries.
“The investigation is in its early stages and no further information is available at this time,” the IPCC said in a statement.