The dad-of-two was shot by a West Yorkshire Police firearms officer in a “pre-planned operation” at around 6pm on Monday.
The shooting happened after his white Audi was stopped on a slip road off junction 24 of the M62 near Huddersfield, West Yorks.
TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas said on Twitter that police swooped on Yassar, 28, after he had held a gun to a woman’s head.
“Mohammed Yassar Yaqub had held a gun to a females head in the days before the pre-planned operation to arrest him”
Williams-Thomas, 46, who exposed Jimmy Savile as a paedophile, tweeted: “Am now aware of why Mohammed Yassar Yaqub was subject to the police operation & why they were totally justified to believe he had a gun.
“My source says: Mohammed Yassar Yaqub had held a gun to a females head in the days before the pre-planned operation to arrest him.'”
West Yorkshire Police said they were aware of the tweet but added they could not comment with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation ongoing.
The IPCC, which is looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting, also said it could not comment on the claim.
This comes as the results of Yassar’s post-mortem examination were revealed today.
It found that he died of gunshot wounds to the chest.
It was revealed yesterday that Yassar is accused of being a renowned drug lord, nicknamed Stud Badboy, and a major player in the heroin and cocaine underworld.
It is also claimed he was “addicted to supercars” with pictures emerging of him sitting on and standing proudly next to stunning vehicles.
His home is covered in CCTV cameras, sparking speculation he feared “revenge attacks”.
His dad, Mohammed Yaqub Senior, spoke out for the first time today, saying he “wants answers” about why he was shot.
An inquest into Yassar’s death will start tomorrow at Bradford Coroner’s Court.
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