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Goudhurt man dead after shots fired in pre-planned police operation

Kent Police have confirmed that a man has died following a pre-planned policing operation.

Police confirmed at 8.30pm on 1 May, armed officers from Kent Police attended an address at Smiths Lane, Goudhurst, as part of a pre-planned operation in relation to the murder of a 73-year-old man in Biddenden, on 21 March, 2016. Shots were fired during the incident.

One man was fatally injured at the scene, and a firearm has been recovered.

Kent Police have now referred the matter to the IPCC.

Formal identification of that person has not yet taken place but the family of a man officers wanted to locate in connection with the murder in Biddenden, have been informed.

The matter has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as is mandatory for all police shootings.

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