Football fan shot dead by armed police in Birmingham – pictured with Danny Dyer

This is the first picture of the father-of-two shot dead by armed police at a flat in Birmingham today.

Trevor Smith, 51, poses alongside Danny Dyer in a snap he shared on Facebook .

The Birmingham City fan was shot during an "intelligence-led" operation by West Midlands Police near the city centre.

A statement from West Midlands Police said: "A warrant was executed as part of an intelligence-led operation in Wheeleys Lane in Lee Bank just before 5am today (Friday 15 March).

"A man, in his 50s, was shot and died a short time later at the scene. The area is currently cordoned off. Officers’ body worn video has been downloaded.

"The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)."

It’s twice in a week the force has been referred to the watchdog after a video emerged appearing to show officers bashing a man over the head with an object in Sandwell, West Midlands.

Friends posted tributes online to Mr Smith, who had two children but reportedly lived alone in the newbuild.


Jason Marriner wrote on Twitter: "I have just had a call from a ex Zulu that 1 of there lads back in the day got shot dead this morning by the old bill, ( that’s all I no) Trevor Smith rip my friend from all at Chelsea."

Mr Smith was said to have been a former member of Birmingham City’s notorious hooligan firm The Zulu Warriors, which was first established in the 1980s.

Eastenders star Danny Dyer presented a feature on The Blues’ hooligan gang for The Real Football Factories TV programme several years ago.

Julie Clancy said on Facebook today: "Oh my god R.I.P" while Darren Grice added "Rest In peace big man xx"

And a resident at the modern apartments said: "It’s terribly sad that someone has lost their life. The police will have some questions to answer, 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."


The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands, David Jamieson, said: "Early this morning there was an intelligence-led operation in Lee Bank just before 5am.

"A man in his 50s was shot and died at the scene.

"I scrutinise the police use of force very closely. Officers involved in this incident were wearing body worn cameras and that footage is being reviewed. "

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "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."

IOPC investigates the most serious and sensitive incidents and allegations involving the police.

A spokesman for the watchdog said: "We have begun an independent investigation into a fatal police shooting in Lee Bank, Birmingham this morning.

"After being notified by West Midlands Police we sent investigators to the scene and to the police post-incident procedure to begin our enquiries."

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