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IPCC: Officers fired four bullets in operation linked to murder inquiry
06 May 2016

<b><i>Victim: Pensioner Roy Blackman <br>was bludgeoned to death</b></i>
Victim: Pensioner Roy Blackman
was bludgeoned to death
Armed police who shot dead a man during a pre-planned operation fired four bullets, investigators have confirmed. 

William Smith, 36, died from gunshot wounds after officers attended an address in Goudhurst in Kent, which was linked to the alleged murder of a pensioner some nine miles away. 

Mr Smith was on bail over the death of 73-year-old Roy Blackman — bludgeoned to death in his home in Biddenham on March 21 after burglars stole his safe during a burglary. 

Kent Police issued an appeal last month to find Mr Smith. 

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said ballistics analysis and statements from two Kent Police firearms' officers indicate they discharged their weapons twice each during the Goudhurst operation on May 1. 

It has emerged that two non-police firearms were recovered at the scene as investigators also said that no body-worn video footage was available from the operation. 

An IPCC spokesperson said: "The officers involved in the incident have provided both initial accounts and full accounts to the IPCC in a process which was overseen by IPCC investigators.” 

Kent Police said Mark Love, 37, of Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, has been charged with murder and aggravated burglary in connection with Mr Blackman's death. 

Mr Smith had been arrested in connection with the investigation into Mr Blackman's murder and was on bail. 

Four other men arrested in connection with the incident are on bail, a spokesperson for the force added: “The matter has now been referred to the IPCC.”


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