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The father of two swings an air rifle and hammer at the party organizer.


A man invited to an illegal Covid-19 beverage party in a garden brandished the gun shown in this picture before he was shot dead by armed police on a residential street today.

Shocked residents told how a couple with neighbors had a drink in their garden late into the night in violation of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

A stranger, apparently lonely, named Tommy, was invited to join the group, but after a few drinks he pulled out a rifle and threatened the party's organizer, which triggered a 999 call to the police.

The big drama took place on a row house street in Swindon, Wiltshire, with police teams, some of whom were gun experts on site.

A man invited to an illegal Covid-19 beverage party in a garden brandished the gun shown in this picture before being shot and killed by armed police

Zoe Mosteller and her partner Martin, pictured above, were having an evening with their neighbors when they passed the invitation on to a lonely stranger

Zoe Mosteller and her partner Martin, pictured above, were having an evening with their neighbors when they passed the invitation on to a lonely stranger

Neighbors, one of whom took a picture of the abandoned rifle lying in the street, said a gunshot rang out at 2:00 am today and the "shooter" was shot by a police shooter.

The incident was reported to the police guard, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, with a full investigation into the fatal shooting of the man on Swindon's Summers Street.

Paramedics arrived at the scene quickly and neighbors told how the seriously injured man was placed on a stretcher in the ambulance, where the paramedics tried desperately to resuscitate him, without success.

Zoe Mosteller and her partner Martin had contacts with their neighbors when they invited the passing strangers to join them as he was alone, it was said.

After a drunkenness, Martin and the man – whose identity was not yet known – got into a neighborhood fight with emotions that were supposedly high before the man pulled out a hidden rifle.

Police remain on Summers Street in Swindon, Wiltshire, where a 57-year-old man was shot after being called to Wiltshire Police about an incident shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday

Police remain on Summers Street in Swindon, Wiltshire, where a 57-year-old man was shot after being called to Wiltshire Police about an incident shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday

Neighbors on the quiet residential street recounted how paramedics tried desperately to resuscitate the man on the back of an ambulance before tragically pronounced dead just after 2 a.m.

In an emotional message, Martin announced later that day that he and his partner Zoe had become "victims" after the tragedy. He wrote on social media: “As you all know, a man died after an argument with me. I will give the police an appropriate explanation in due course.

"If I'm being completely honest, I don't remember because I was very drunk – we had a good time with our neighbors and invited this guy to join us just like he was on his own.

Guns were then involved and the guy was shot. Whatever I may or may not have said or done in my drunken state, I did not pull out a hammer or an air rifle.

“I didn't shoot him. While I understand that emotions are high in the face of someone's death, I am aware that certain people on our street may find & # 39; unkind Zoe & # 39; and blamed them for it.

& # 39; That's ridiculous. Zoe and I both know we can be a nuisance when we've had a couple. But we didn't pull out a hammer and a gun. We didn't want this guy to die either – he clearly needed help rather than a shot.

An investigative officer on Summers Street in Swindon, Wiltshire where a 57 year old man was shot dead

An investigative officer on Summers Street in Swindon, Wiltshire where a 57 year old man was shot dead

& # 39; Zoe is in a state of post-traumatic stress – the cause certain people have given her is mean, unfair, and conformist.

“We didn't do anything wrong other than being drunk and falling victim to a man who clearly had some problems and I will defend this position to the end because it is true.

"Victim shame is terrible and some of you have to look at yourself before attacking us."

To the confusion of the neighborhood, residents complained about the "fireworks and screaming" in the early hours of the morning / yesterday (sun) before realizing that a shot had been fired.

Sandy Dosanjh, a 33-year-old project manager at Network Rail, said, “We heard that there were loud bangs in the early hours of the morning. I've lived here for seven years and nothing like this has ever happened here. It's definitely not typical of the area. & # 39;

Retired Nurse Teresa Compton added, “I was in bed at the time but I woke up and saw all the police cars parked on the street and the police tape at the entrance to the street.

"We heard the man had a gun, but there is still no excuse to shoot him."

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) shortly after 2:00 am / yesterday (Sun) following an incident on Summers Street, Swindon.

& # 39; This concerns the death of a member of the public. The IOPC is independently investigating this incident so it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it further.

"However, we want to reassure the public that there is no risk to the general public and that the police presence in the area is likely to increase for a long time."

A reference to St. Augustine's red brick church at the scene of the crime reads: “Following the events in Rodbourne this morning, the church will be open this afternoon from 4pm to anyone who wants a quiet place to reflect, pray or light a candle.

Forensic scientists and police officers search the scene after a 57-year-old man was fatally shot after an argument in Swindon on Sunday night. A rifle appeared to be lying on the ground behind the police cordon

Forensic scientists and police officers search the scene after a 57-year-old man was fatally shot and killed after an argument in Swindon on Sunday night. A rifle appeared to be lying on the ground behind the police cordon

The neighbors said they heard screaming and screaming before a loud bang around 2am on Sunday morning

The neighbors said they heard screaming and screaming before a loud bang around 2am on Sunday morning

"Whether you have a belief or not, you are welcome to think about what happened in our church today."

Summers Street was expected to be cordoned off as a crime scene for the next 24 hours while detectives are investigating the incident with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) – a watchdog who investigates all police-involved shootings.

Local resident Jim Robbins said on social media, “I just got a call from the police. They wanted to reassure residents after last night's shocking incident.

They said the police will be there for the rest of the day and that there will be more police patrols over the next few days. They asked if anyone had any information to pass on. People can do it through me if they prefer.

"If anyone witnessed the shooting and needs to speak to someone, let me know and I will try to arrange the advice," he added.

The police have not yet named the man who was shot. An autopsy will be performed on his body and an examination will be opened and adjourned later.

The Independent Police Conduct Bureau opened an investigation and forensic scientists raided the area on Sunday morning.

In the police chain, a rifle appeared to be on the ground, along with an armed emergency vehicle (ARV) – a dark blue BMW X5 believed to have been involved in the shooting.

Shocked neighbors said the dead man was a father of two who worked as a mechanic and would "do anything for you".

A 66-year-old man who refused to give his name said, “Anything you needed or wanted, he would have helped you

A 62-year-old man whose house was facing one of the barriers said, "One wonders what's going on here, but isn't that the state of the world right now?"

Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm that there was a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) shortly after 2am following an incident on Summers Street in Swindon.

& # 39; This concerns the death of a member of the public.

The Independent Police Conduct Department has opened an investigation and forensic scientists have ransacked the area

The Independent Police Conduct Department has opened an investigation and forensic scientists have ransacked the area

Following the alleged shooting, there is a large crime scene on Summers Street with the road closed between Rodbourne Road and Morrison Street

Following the alleged shooting, there is a large crime scene on Summers Street with the road closed between Rodbourne Road and Morrison Street

& # 39; The IOPC is independently investigating this incident so it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it further.

"However, we want to reassure the public that there is no risk to the general public and that the police presence in the area is likely to increase for a long time."

The IOPC said: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) opened an independent investigation into an incident involving Wiltshire Police officers on Summers Street in Swindon on November 8, just after 2am.

At this early stage, a 57-year-old man is believed to have been fatally shot while police were responding to reports from two men arguing in the street.

Paramedics rushed to the scene on Summers Street and gave the man CPR, but he died in the ambulance at 2.56 a.m.

Paramedics rushed to the scene on Summers Street and gave the man CPR, but he died in the ambulance at 2.56 a.m.

At 2.56 a.m. he was pronounced dead in an ambulance.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to all who are affected by this terrible incident.

& # 39; OPC investigators are in place and post-incident procedures where key witnesses provide their first reports to police.

“We need to conduct an independent investigation when the police fatally shoots a member of the public. We have established logs with the police to ensure that our investigations do not interfere with their ability to conduct investigations as part of the related investigation. & # 39;

The chairman of the Wiltshire Police Federation requested an immediate investigation by the guard dog.

Mark Andrews said, “Officials who volunteer and have the authority to carry firearms on behalf of society – and who bravely do so to protect the public – are highly trained and some of the best we have.

& # 39; Our thoughts go out to everyone involved in this Swindon incident and we offer our full support to our colleagues at this point as they progress through the post-incident process.

“We call on the Independent Police Conduct Office to bring its investigation to a close immediately, for the benefit of all concerned.

"Given the ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to make any further comments at this point."

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