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Gunman crashes a motorcycle and dies in police pursuit after shooting a 42-year-old man in Hampshire


A councilor who writes children's books was shot and killed yesterday on the quiet country road where he lived by a rifleman who jumped on a motorcycle and crashed and died while trying to escape the police.

Locals said James Nash, whose wife works in a laboratory that makes instruments for spacecraft, was hospitalized in Hampshire to treat gunshot wounds after the gunfire.

Mr. Nash is a self-employed artist who writes children's books while his wife, Dr. Sarah Nash, who works as a business development manager in a research laboratory for the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Armed officers encountered idyllic Upper Enham, Hants yesterday afternoon following the attack that police said had seriously injured a 42-year-old man.

Police followed them after the shooting suspect, believed to have walked out of the scene before jumping on a motorcycle, was seen fleeing the area.

But while the police were on the hunt, the driver crashed on the A343 in Hurstbourne Tarrant. The crash site is located three miles from the location of the shooting on MacCallum Road in Upper Enham.

The driver died at the scene of the accident, according to Hampshire police, who are investigating.

Locals said James Nash, whose wife is one of the world's top space scientists, is in the hospital treating gunshot wounds after shooting in Upper Enham yesterday

Armed officers encountered idyllic Upper Enham, Hants yesterday afternoon following the attack that police said had seriously injured a 42-year-old man. Pictured: Police at the location of the shooting on MacCallum Road, Upper Enham, today

Armed officers encountered idyllic Upper Enham, Hants yesterday afternoon following the attack that police said had seriously injured a 42-year-old man. Pictured: Police at the location of the shooting on MacCallum Road, Upper Enham, today

Police followed them after the shooting suspect, believed to have walked out of the scene before jumping on a motorcycle, was seen fleeing the area. Pictured: Police forensic teams were at the site of the shooting today

Police followed them after the shooting suspect, believed to have walked out of the scene before jumping on a motorcycle, was seen fleeing the area. Pictured: Police forensic teams were at the site of the shooting today

A forensic van was seen outside a police cordon on MacCallum Road in Upper Enham where the shooting took place today

A forensic van was seen outside a police cordon on MacCallum Road in Upper Enham where the shooting took place today

According to a local council chief, police believe the driver was responsible for the shooting and the officers are "not looking for anyone". Pictured: A police forensic team at the location of the Upper Enham shooting

According to a local council chief, police believe the driver was responsible for the shooting and the officers are "not looking for anyone". Pictured: A police forensic team at the location of the Upper Enham shooting

The crash site was three miles from the shooting location on MacCallum Road in Upper Enham. The driver died at the scene of the accident, say the police

The crash site was three miles from the shooting location on MacCallum Road in Upper Enham. The driver died at the scene of the accident, say the police

According to a local council chief, police believe the driver was responsible for the shooting and the officers are "not looking for anyone".

Meanwhile, the shooting victim is currently being treated at Southampton General Hospital for his injuries, police say.

Mr. Nash, who is the Alamein Parish Council councilor, and his wife live in a detached two bedroom cottage in Upper Enham.

Named a victim by a local resident who lives nearby, he is believed to be an active councilor who has been deeply committed to the local community.

The resident said of Mr. Nash: “I know the guy who was shot. He writes children's books and is an artist. I know him and have spoken to him, but I don't know him as a friend.

& # 39; He's a handsome guy. He would literally do anything for anyone. He helps with many things.

“A few years ago we had a trade fair and he was asked because he had a tractor that could come and help. He's a really nice person when I've talked to him.

"He recently renovated his entire house and it looks very modern."

Dr. Nash works at the Science and Technology Facilities Council at Didcot, Oxford.

The research laboratory is a government agency that conducts research in science and technology.

His specialties include particle physics, nuclear physics, space science, and astronomy. Mr. Nash describes himself in his blog as "a naturalist who is primarily dedicated to the preservation of our wild world".

As the police raced in search of the motorcycle, the driver crashed on the A343 at Hurstbourne Tarrant. In the picture: Police at the scene of the accident

As the police raced in search of the motorcycle, the driver crashed on the A343 at Hurstbourne Tarrant. In the picture: Police at the scene of the accident

The driver died at the scene of the accident (pictured), according to Hampshire Police, which opened an investigation and referred the incident to the Independent Officer for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The driver died at the scene of the accident (pictured), according to Hampshire Police, which opened an investigation and referred the incident to the Independent Officer for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The website says he is a Resident Artist at The Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover, Hants.

Hampshire Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

A spokesman for the force said: “We are investigating after a man was shot dead shortly after 3pm in Upper Enham, near Andover on Wednesday, August 5th.

Officials were called to an address on MacCallum Road following a report of an attack on a man.

“It is now known that the 42-year-old victim was shot and seriously injured. He is currently being treated at Southampton General Hospital.

& # 39; A motorcycle was unable to stop for officers in connection with this incident.

A short time later, a motorcycle crashed on the A343 near Hurstbourne Tarrant and the road was closed while emergency services were present. The motorcyclist died on the scene. & # 39;

Hampshire Police say there has been a mandatory referral to the Independent Police Officer (IOPC) and that officers visited a property in nearby Enham Alamein as part of the investigation.

A spokesman told MailOnline today that the officers were in the early stages of their investigation and were trying to establish the circumstances.

MailOnline asked the IOPC for a comment.

Parish council chairman Phil North, who represents the community where the incident occurred, described it as an "absolutely terrible incident."

Councilor North, who represents the Bourne Valley Ward and chairs the Test Valley City Council, said in a statement on Facebook: “(This is) an absolutely terrible incident in my Bourne Valley ward this afternoon.

According to a local councilor, police believe the driver was responsible for the shooting and is "not looking for anyone". Pictured: MacCallum Road in Upper Enham where filming took place

According to a local councilor, police believe the driver was responsible for the shooting and is "not looking for anyone". Pictured: MacCallum Road in Upper Enham where filming took place

The Hampshire police, who blocked a road last night, say a mandatory referral to the Independent Police Officer (IOPC) has been made and that officers visited a property in nearby Enham Alamein as part of the investigation

The Hampshire police, who blocked a road last night, say a mandatory referral to the Independent Police Officer (IOPC) has been made and that officers visited a property in nearby Enham Alamein as part of the investigation

“My thoughts are with the family of the man who was shot – and the parishes of Enham Alamein and Hurstbourne Tarrant.

“I was given some details from local sources tonight, but I certainly don't have a complete picture.

"I will hopefully get more information from the police in the morning and they can reassure the residents.

"But tonight we all hope that the victim of the shooting makes a full recovery."

In another post today, he added, “I know this is going to be a very worrying time for the community and until the police finish their investigation we will not fully understand the incident.

"The police have confirmed that they are not looking for anyone and that they are confident that the late suspect is responsible, which hopefully will reassure residents."

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