Man shot dead by armed cops at flat in Birmingham city centre

ARMED cops today shot dead a man in his 50s after a dramatic raid on his Birmingham flat.

Masked officers were seen clutching machine guns outside the building as paramedics battled to save the man's life.

He was shot at 5:04am near the city's Broad Street entertainment district.

A neighbour said: "There were about five police vans parked up at either end of the street when I got up this morning.

"Its terribly sad that someone has lost their life. The police will have some questions to answer, you can't just go around shooting people.

You can't just go around shooting people

"It will be interesting to learn what the circumstances are. I'm just shocked by it all. The place has been swarming with cops all morning."

An ambulance service spokesman said: "One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

"On arrival, crews discovered a man in cardiac arrest.

"CPR was already being performed, which ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support.

"However, despite everyone's best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

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