M62 police shooting: Investigator claims victim held gun to woman's head days before death

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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 held a gun to a woman's head before he died, it was claimedSWNS

SHOCK: Mohammed Yassar Yaqub held a gun to a woman’s head before he died, it is claimed

“Mohammed Yassar Yaqub had held a gun to a females head in the days before the pre-planned operation to arrest him”

Mark Williams-Thomas

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.

Claim victim held gun to woman's headTWITTER

CLAIM: Mark Williams-Thomas alleged that the victim held a gun to the head of a woman

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.

Mohammed Yassar Yaqub with a supercarSWNS

SHOT: Mohammed Yassar Yaqub was killed in pre-planned operation by police

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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