Police stopped a driver on the A52 Bingham bypass near Nottingham, who was then found with a serious head injury and died (Image: Google)
A man has died from serious head injuries in a car shortly after it was stopped by armed police investigating a murder.
The 46-year-old was pursued by Leicestershire Police on the A52 Bingham bypass near Nottingham in the early hours of Thursday morning.
When officers approached the silver Mazda Tamura, it was determined that the driver had suffered a serious head injury and an unregistered firearm was discovered in the vehicle.
He received first aid but was pronounced dead at the scene around 12:30 p.m.
Leicestershire Police have now referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and said they would co-operate fully.
Officers had stopped the vehicle in connection with the death of a man who was found in a field in Plungar village on Tuesday afternoon.
A man in his 40s was discovered with a suspected head injury on Highgate Lane at around 3.30pm and police are treating his death as suspicious.
Police were pursuing the vehicle in connection with a murder investigation following the death of another man on Tuesday (Image: Google)
An IOPC spokesman said: “Earlier today we were informed by Leicestershire Police of an incident at around 12.30pm on the A52 Bingham bypass in Nottinghamshire, where armed officers involved in a murder investigation had followed a man who was drove a silver Mazda Tamura.”
“We were informed that after stopping the vehicle, officers discovered the 46-year-old driver had a serious head injury and immediately administered first aid.”
“Unfortunately he was pronounced dead at the scene.” A non-police firearm was also discovered in the vehicle. The coroner has been informed.’
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The IOPC has launched an independent investigation which will examine the circumstances of police involvement.
“Initial reports have been submitted by the officers involved and we have also collected police body-worn footage for review,” the IOPC spokesperson said.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased man and everyone affected by this incident.”
Road closures remain in place on the A52 Bingham bypass, police said.
Lead investigator on the murder investigation, Detective Inspector David Greenhalgh, of the East Midlands Specialist Unit, said: “Our inquiries following the discovery of a man’s body in Plungar are ongoing as we continue to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”
“Special officers are currently providing support to the man’s family.
“We continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Plungar area on Tuesday afternoon or who has information about the incident to contact us.”
“Did you see anyone walking into a field? Did you see or hear anything unusual or cause you concern?
“I understand there will be concern in the community and our officers remain in the area to provide reassurance as our investigation continues. ‘Please speak to them.’
A 56-year-old man from Grantham was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday but has since been released under investigation.
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Source : metro.co.uk