Kent

Roy Blackman death: Suspect killed in police raid named

William Smith Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption William Smith, 36, was on bail in connection with the death of Roy Blackman

A man shot dead by police during a raid in Kent has been named.

William Smith, 36, was fatally injured at Smiths Lane, Goudhurst, on 1 May.

Police confirmed he was on bail in connection with the death of Roy Blackman, who was beaten to death at his home in March.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commissions (IPCC). It revealed two "non-police" firearms were found at the scene.

Two weapons discharged

The police watchdog said ballistic analysis and statements indicated two firearms officers discharged their weapons twice each during the raid.

It said a detailed forensic examination was ongoing.

Mr Blackman, 73, was killed during a burglary at his home in Biddenden.

Mark Love, 37, of Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, has been charged with his murder and aggravated burglary.

Image caption William Smith was shot dead during a pre-planned armed police operation on Sunday
Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption The police operation was linked to the death of Roy Blackman, who was killed on 21 March

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