Police watchdogs have announced they are not to investigate the death of a Dales man who apparently shot himself after officers were called to a ‘domestic incident’.
An inquest hearing was told that police were called to an address in Main Street, Winster, at 5.15pm on July 10.
When officers arrived at the property, 52-year-old Kevin Thomas Wigley was standing by the front door.
Detective Constable Mark Deasy, who attended the incident, said: “As soon as officers approached he [Mr Wigley] shut the door and went back inside the property.
“After a few moments there was one loud gun shot.”
Police immediately went inside the home and found Mr Wigley laid on the floor holding a gun.
He had a large wound to the chest area. There was nobody else in the property at the time, the inquest was told.
“Officers at the scene tried first aid, but this was unsuccessful,” said DC Deasy.
The death was automatically referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of course.
The police watchdog is notified of any death which occurs when officers are on the scene.
But on Monday the IPCC confirmed it would not be launching a full investigation into the incident.
The inquest into the death of Mr Wigley – who worked locally as a farmer – was opened on Tuesday and adjourned to a later date. The cause of death is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The death has come as a shock to the community in Winster.
One resident, who did not wish to be identified, said the incident was “very upsetting” adding they wished to “respect his partner’s privacy at a difficult time”