A young father-of-one has been shot dead by police after armed officers cornered a convoy of expensive cars in a ‘pre-planned’ operation around 6pm near the M62 motorway in Huddersfield.
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The victim has been named as 27-year-old Mohammed Yassar Yaqub who is from Huddersfield and has a young daughter.
Images from the scene showed a silver Audi with three bullet holes in its windscreen and bonnet.
Firearms officers in six unmarked cars blocked in a Mercedes E Class, a Jaguar, VW Scirocco and an Audi on the M62 before opening fire shortly before 6pm last night.
Police said the incident was not terrorism-related.
Five others were arrested including three at the scene and another two from a simultaneous stop of another vehicle in the Chain Bar area of Bradford at around the same time.
Several of those arrested needed hospital treatment for injuries “not related to firearm discharge”, but no officers were hurt, a force spokesman said.
Tearful family members and friends of the victim gathered outside his parents house and left flowers and cards.
Tributes have poured in on Facebook by friends of the victim with one saying: ‘The news I have just heard has broke my heart in two!! Yasser Yaqub was one of my closest friends growing up!! How did this happen!! RIP MY BROTHER I can’t even speak right now!! Thoughts are with your family & baby girl!!! I’m so sorry x.’
While another user said: ‘Cannot believe what I’m hearing this morning. RIP Yasser. Thinking of you and your family.’
Another friend wrote on Facebook: ‘Yasser was a loved man and a loyal friend. Nobody’s perfect but he didn’t deserve this’.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and a spokesman for the IPCC said:’An IPCC independent investigation is underway following the death of a man during a pre planned police incident in Huddersfield. The IPCC understands that the man was shot by a West Yorkshire Police firearms officer shortly after 6pm on Monday January 2 close to Junction 24 of the M62 motorway.
‘IPCC investigators remain at the scene and are attending post incident procedures in order to gather evidence during the early stages of this investigation. The man’s family has been informed’.
Forensics teams are on the scene and have sealed off the M62 sliproad while the investigation is on-going.
West Yorkshire Police have said it is ‘fully co-operating’ with the watchdog’s investigation.