M5 motorway closed after shots fired at police car

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Part of the M5 in England, United Kingdom has been closed after shots were fired at a police car in the early hours of this morning.

A blue, L-registered BMW 3 Series car was parked in a lay-by just off the motorway on the B4008 near Junction 12. As the police car approached the vehicle it drove off and at least two shots were fired at the police car from the back of the BMW.

Kate Nelmes from Gloucestershire Police said, "As the vehicle drove onto the carriageway, someone believed to be in the back of the vehicle then fired two shots in the direction of the police vehicle."

The motorway between Junction 12 and 13 was closed causing major traffic problems however since then the northbound carriageway has been reopened. The southbound carriageway is expected to be open around 13:00 BST.

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