An IPCC investigation has begun into the death of Crosland Moor man Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, who was shot and killed by West Yorkshire Police on Monday night.
The fatal shooting happened on the slip road at junction 24 of the M62, and both slip roads have remained closed today with forensics officers seen at the scene.
The aftermath of the fatal shooting is taking hours to fully investigate, but it seems like the incident unfolded within seconds.
Police have confirmed it was a pre-planned operation.
Here's a timeline of events:
- Several vehicles seen on Bradford ring road and, with hindsight are thought to be unmarked police cars.
Eyewitness Zebedee Mason says at least one was stopped on the outside lane of the main road near Asda in Bradford and then they all sped away, some through red lights.
Police stop a vehicle at Chain Bar and arrest two people.
- Man shot dead by police on the M62 slip road at Ainley Top as it meets the short dual carriageway section to Ainley Top roundabout.
- The slip road is closed and at first it is thought to be nothing more than a road accident.
- West Yorkshire Police confirm that a man had been shot dead by an officer at junction 24, saying “a police firearm was discharged and a man has died.” They confirm they have referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
- Police confim they have made five arrests during the operation, three from the Ainley Top incident and a further two when police stopped the other vehicle at Chain Bar. Police also say the incident is not terror-related.
- Family of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, 27, of Crosland Moor, confirms he was the man killed by police.
- West Yorkshire Police say the operation related to information received about criminal possession of a firearm which led to the vehicles being stopped at two separate locations.
The Yaqub family's solicitor releases a statement, saying: "Mr Yaqub’s family are in shock, and are distraught. They would ask the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time. The family are fully aware that the incident that led to the death of Mr Yaqub is currently being investigated by the IPCC and they do not wish to make any further comment at this stage."
The IPCC puts out a statement saying during the incident, what appeared to be a non police issue firearm was discovered in the vehicle Mr Yaqub was travelling in.
IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “My thoughts are with Mr Yaqub’s family and all those affected at this difficult time. Though in its early stages, this investigation is making good progress but will be complex. We will be working hard to establish exactly what happened and would ask for patience while our investigation continues.”
A post mortem was due to be carried out the following day
The M62 sliproads reopen
Crowds take to the streets of Bradford in protest to Mr Yaqub's death
The cars involved in the incident are recovered from the scene
- Police release a statement over the Bradford protest. A spokesperson says: "Police empathise with the heightened tensions and engaged with protestors to appeal for calm. They are continuing working with members of the community, partners and local officers to maintain community cohesion and police relations. There was minimal disorder, which quickly de-escalated after dialogue with officers at the scene and there was no necessity to make any arrests."
- Two of the five men arrested in the operation are bailed. The two men are aged 26 and 30. A district judge grants police an extra 36 hours to question the other three men.
- Police confirm a flat in Park Wood Mills on Stoney Lane in Longwood was raided as part of the investigation.
- Yassar Yaqub's father speaks to the Examiner, telling of the family's heartbreak. He said: “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.” Click here for the full article.
- A balloon release and vigil closes the M62 J24 where Yassar was shot on Monday