A BRITISH man was shot dead by police on the Costa del Sol yesterday afternoon (Monday) after he allegedly opened fire on them when they went to arrest him.
Officers had gone to arrest the man at an aparthotel in Avenida Marqués de Duero in the Cancelada area of Estepona when he allegedly pulled a gun on them, and they were forced to shoot him to defend themselves.
The officers had gone to the aparthotel following an incident earlier in the day in which a man, allegedly carrying a weapon, fled the scene of a car accident in Puerto Banus.
Police quickly identified the man and traced him to the Cancelada aparthotel.
As they arrived to arrest him they were met with gunshots and fired back killing the man.
Police said in a statement, “The officers were subjected to several shots, forcing them to use their weapons to repel the aggression in defence of their physical integrity and that of third parties.”
Paramedics who attended the incident confirmed the death of the victim.
The deceased British man was found with two firearms and ammunition.
Sources suggest the man had a history of drug trafficking and possession of weapons.