Man dies after firing a gun in town centre

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Police said a man in his 50s died after firing a gun in Stafford [PA Media]

A man died after he was injured when he fired a gun in the centre of a town.

Emergency services were called to Espley’s Yard, Stafford, at about 18:20 BST on Friday following a concern for welfare report.

A man in his 50s suffered serious injuries when he fired a gun and died a short time later, Staffordshire Police said.

Officers were investigating the circumstances leading up to his death and the force said it had referred the shooting to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to previous police contact.

The death was not being treated as suspicious and officers said there was not believed to be any ongoing risk to the public.

Extra police were patrolling the area to help with the investigation and to try to reassure residents, the force added.

Det Insp Louise Booker said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family in what is a tragic incident. We remain in regular contact with them and will be providing specialist support.”

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