Saturday, 2 April 2016

James Wilson is believed to have been shot once in the chest after apparently being told by officers to put down a gun.
17:16, UK,Saturday 02 April 2016
Police forensics at the scene in Frenchmans Way, South Shields
A 24-year-old man who was shot by a police firearms officer on Tuesday has died in hospital.
The victim, named by the police watchdog as James Wilson from South Shields, succumbed to his wounds on Friday.
Armed officers were called to Frenchmans Way, South Shields, South Tyneside, at around 1am on Tuesday after reports a man was holding a handgun.
Mr Wilson, who was believed to have been shot once in the chest, had apparently been told by officers to "put the gun down".
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating the incident. It earlier said a non-police weapon was recovered from the scene.
After the shooting, a local man said his girlfriend heard police shout "put the gun down", then moments later heard a bang. He knew the man who had been shot.
The father added: "I came out and there were police with guns walking up and down in body armour, like they were securing the area.
"I thought they were looking for a gunman.
"Police were working on the man for about 10 minutes, giving him oxygen.
"Then they let the ambulance in and after about five minutes they took him to hospital."
Tributes have been paid to Mr Wilson on a fundraising page set up to give him "the send off he deserves".
One said: "R.i.p james a love you and cant bring you back son good bless you Ar with the angels now take care till we meet Again son night night xxx."
Another wrote: "Sleep tight my friend x."