‘He is my only son’: Shooting victim’s father says family left devastated after death of his only son

The grieving father of a man who died after being shot by police at the junction of the M62 at Ainley Top, just north of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has spoken for the first time.

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Mohammed Yaqub said he has been left heartbroken after his son’s violent death and is in a state of disbelief.

He said: “I heard there had been an incident at Ainley Top and my wife Safia and I drove up there at 9pm. The road was blocked off. We asked the police what was happening and the officer said we can’t tell you anything.

“At first we just thought it was an accident. We were very concerned. We waited until 2am and was told by police: ‘We are very sorry to tell you that your son has lost his life due to an incident that is being investigated by the IPCC. ’

“I was heartbroken. I have three daughters, he is my only son. My wife was so upset we had to carry her into the car to go home. She is still in bits. I can’t bear to see anything about it or read anything about it on the news. It’s too early and too painful. It’s very hard to come to terms with. We are all devastated.

“I can’t believe that the police could do that to someone, to someone sat in the car. My wife said: ‘This is what you see in America.’ I have my wife on my shoulder asking why did they shoot him?

“He had been with us only the night before. He had a cold and my wife was rubbing Vick’s on his chest. We thought it would be the start of a new year but it was not to be.”

Mr Yaqub added: “He was my third child and he was very spoilt. If he wanted a car I would buy him one. He loved sports cars. Whatever he wanted I bought it for him, straightaway.

“Even before he was able to drive he loved cars.”

Mr Yaqub added that he is awaiting the result of a post mortem later today and is waiting to organise his son’s funeral service.

A district judge has granted police an extra 36 hours to question three men arrested over an incident which ended with the shooting of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub

Two other men, aged 26 and 30, have been bailed pending further enquiries. All five men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear.

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