Man shot dead by Kent Police named

6 May 2016, 04:59

It has been revealed a man, shot dead by Kent Police, was shot four times by two officers.

36 year-old William Smith died from gunshot wounds in Smiths Lane in Goudhurst at around 8.30pm on May 1.

Mr Smith was on bail over the death less than nine miles away of 73-year-old Roy Blackman. A police appeal was issued last month to find Mr Smith.

Mr Blackman was bludgeoned to death at his home in Headcorn Road in Biddenden, after burglars stole his safe during a burglary on March 21.

Police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said ballistics analysis and statements from two Kent Police firearms officers indicate they discharged their weapons twice each during the Goudhurst operation.

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

An IPCC spokesman 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.''

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

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