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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 September 2005, 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
Probe after police shoot man dead
Map of Aston-Under-Lyne
The gunman was shot by police on Crawford Street
A 27-year-old man has been shot dead by police after a gunman opened fire at a house in Greater Manchester.

Craig King was shot in Crawford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, on Saturday.

Police had been called to reports of a domestic dispute, which residents said involved Mr King's sister. A man shot at the house while officers were there.

Mr King, of Salford, was shot after armed officers arrived, and died in hospital. Police later recovered a machete, a rifle and unused ammunition.

Independent inquiry

An investigation is now under way and the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A spokesman said on Sunday: "The IPCC last night sent a senior investigator to assess what has happened and advise how the investigation should be carried out."

Greater Manchester Police said they were alerted to a domestic incident at 1811 BST on Saturday, in which a man, believed to have been Mr King, had smashed a window with a machete.

When officers arrived, Mr King was not there, but two stayed with the occupants of the house, one believed to be the man's sister.

An hour later, a man drove past and fired a shot at the property, police said.

Mr King was shot after four armed officers were sent to the scene and had been confronted by him at about 2012 BST, police added.

First Aid

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The officers performed first aid until paramedics arrived and took him to Tameside General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 9pm (2100 BST)."

A 2.2 rifle and over 100 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the scene.

A car containing a machete and further ammunition was found nearby.

Mr Thomas said he could not give details of the exact circumstances in which Mr King was shot, but said no officers had been suspended from duty as a result of the incident.

The armed officers would continue to work in the firearms unit, but would not be deployed with firearms until investigations had been completed, he added.

'Two shots'

Crawford Street, where the shooting took place, is in a red-brick area just outside the town centre.

Some residents said they believed Mr King, thought to be a former nightclub bouncer, attacked the house because he was unhappy with his sister's choice of boyfriend.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told the BBC people were in shock.

"It started yesterday afternoon - a man with a machete breaking windows and having a go at his car," she said

"He drove off but about an hour after he came back and we just heard two shots."

Other witnesses described hearing windows being broken and two shots being fired at about 2010 BST.




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