AN inquest was opened and adjourned today into the death of a traffic policeman who was shot while on duty on Boxing Day.
The hearing at Leeds Coroner's Court was told how Pc Ian Broadhurst, 34, from Birkenshaw, was shot twice while helping to arrest a man in Dib Lane, Leeds.
Another officer, Pc Neil Roper, 45, was injured in the same incident, and a third, Pc James Banks, 26, was shot at but escaped injury when the bullet ricocheted off his radio.
Today, West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchliff heard brief details from Det Supt Chris Gregg how Pc Broadhurst died.
Mr Gregg confirmed the officer was shot in the head and abdomen.
He said Home Office pathologist Christopher Milroy had conducted a post-mortem examination which had concluded the officer died from gunshot wounds.
Mr Hinchliff said he was satisfied he could now release Pc Broadhurst's body to his family so a funeral could take place.
No funeral details have yet been announced and no members of Pc Broadhurst's family were present in court.
Mr Hinchliff concluded the 10-minute hearing by asking Mr Gregg to convey his condolences to the dead officer's family.
Nightclub doorman David Bieber, 35, also known as Nathan Coleman, was yesterday remanded in custody at Leeds Crown Court accused of murdering Pc Broadhurst and attempting to murder Pcs Roper and Banks.