The grieving father of a man shot dead by police marksmen on Monday night has spoken for the first time.

Mohammed Yaqub said he was in a state of disbelief about the dramatic events which ended with Yassar Yaqub being shot and killed on the J24 sliproad of the M62.

He said he first he became aware his son was in some kind of trouble was when a friend told him his son had been involved in an accident - and once the family realised what happened, his wife collapsed.

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?

Flowers left at scene of fatal shooting by police at M62 j24, Ainley Top, Huddersfield.

“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.”

The operation left a silver Audi in which Mohammed Yassar Yaqub was travelling with three bullet holes in the windscreen.

The 28-year-old, father-of-two, from Rudding Street, Crosland Moor , was surrounded by other vehicles at the bottom of the sliproad at the westbound carriageway of the M62 in what West Yorkshire Police described as a pre planned operation.

Rudding Street in Crosland Moor

Police had been tipped off about a firearm and officers found a gun in Mr Yaqub’s car .

West Yorkshire Police have said very little about what happened and have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, (IPCC), which is investigating.

Mr Yaqub, a father-of-four and well-known businessman says he is awaiting the result of a post mortem later today and is waiting to organise his son’s funeral service.

He said his family had been inundated with messages of love and support from friends which he appreciated.

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.”

Muhammad Rizwan, a family friend, said: “I’m just devastated, speechless, in shock.”