IT is being claimed that around sixty shots were fired during the shootout between Brit Sean Hercules and the Spanish National Police officers who had gone to arrest him at an aparthotel on the Costa del Sol.
Spanish media have reported that the 39-year-old British citizen had invited the agents to go to his apartment and then opened fire on them in the corridor.
After letting them into the block it is claimed that Hercules turned his back on them and began to walk down the narrow corridor to his room at the Autosole aparthotel in Cancelada, Estepona.
But as the Brit reached his bedroom it is reported that the officers spotted two guns and ammunition on the white sheets.
Then all hell broke out.
A source close to the investigation claim some 60 spent bullet casings were collected.
Sean Hercules from Leeds had served two prison sentences in the UK.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that in 2006 Sean Hercules was convicted of shooting a man outside the Warehouse nightclub in Leeds with a sawn-off shotgun and jailed for six years.
He had been given a previous prison sentence in 2001 for his involvement in a robbery at a post office on North Farm Road in Gipton.
The Spanish police 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.
Officers quickly identified the man and traced him to the Cancelada aparthotel.
Police previously 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed the death of a British man in Spain but did not disclose his identity.
In a statement, the FCO said: “Our staff are in contact with the family of a British man following his death in Spain, and have offered them support and advice on bereavement abroad.”