The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed a gun has been found in the car of a 28-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a “pre-planned” operation on a motorway slip road.
Father-of-two, Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, died after he was shot by police at the junction of the M62 at Ainley Top, just north of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Campaigners are now demanding to know why armed officers involved in the shooting were not wearing body cameras.
Just Yorkshire chairman Nadeem Murtuja said: “We are wanting to know if the correct processes and protocols were followed by West Yorkshire Police.
“Specifically we want to know why the officers were not wearing body cameras. Given that the police say it was a pre-planned operation why wouldn’t they wear body cameras?
“This was a planned operation. It was not a risk that the police stumbled upon. There’s a big difference.”
His death is now being investigated by the IPCC, who released a statement saying: “What appears to be a non-police issue firearm was discovered in the vehicle in which Mr Yaqub was travelling, and is being further examined.”
The IPCC did not state whether the gun had been drawn or where it was found in the vehicle.
West Yorkshire Police said the operation “related to information received about criminal possession of a firearm” and was not terror-related.
At least five police cars, including a dog van and officers with guns, also arrived to Mr Yaqub’s house in Rudding Street in Huddersfield where they apparently searched the property where Mr Yaqub’s family and friend’s had gathered.
Shahnaz Malik’s house is the closest to the scene and overlooks the slip road from the village of Ainley Top. described the incident as ‘surreal’.
She said: “There was like a swarm.”
“There was a lot. It was dark as well.”
“It was surreal. It was like time had stood still, so many police buzzing around.”
“It’s quite frightening. It’s a little village and we all sort of know who’s who.”
West Yorkshire Police confirmed the operation “related to information received about criminal possession of a firearm” and that another car had also been stopped in the Chain Bar area of Bradford at around the same time.
Five people were arrested in the operation with several of them needing hospital treatment for injuries.
All five men remain in custody.
West Yorkshire Police also said it was “fully co-operating” with the watchdog’s investigators.