An investigation is underway into the death of a 27-year-old man who was hit by an unmarked police car.

Arthur Holcher-Ermet was walking when he was hit by a car Sussex on Saturday night and was confirmed dead at the scene.

The Independent Police Conduct Office (IOPC) said he was driving an Audi that was chasing a police car after it came to the attention of officers.

When the chase was over, Mr. Holcher-Ermert left the Audi and a few minutes later was hit by another unmarked police car on the A259 South Coast Road.

The police department said the driver of the unmarked car, who was a police officer, was told he was under investigation for causing death by dangerous driving.

He will also be investigated for possible gross violations, it added.

IOPC Regional Director Graham Beasley said they would investigate the events that led to the clash, and police action immediately thereafter, including reports of the use of handcuffs on Mr. Holcher-Ermert at the scene.

He said: “It is important to find out why Mr Holcher-Ermert was persecuted by the police, including what information, if any, the police had about him or the car he was driving.

“We will also consider whether the officers’ actions have followed policies and procedures since then. This will include checking how he was assisted.”

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As part of the inspection, the inspection staff reviewed the recordings from the video recorder made by a member of the public who was driving in the area at the time.

It also analyzes footage from a police car involved in the clash, and videos of the shabby bodies of officers who arrived at the scene.

Investigators conducted house-to-house investigations to identify witnesses and also found video surveillance footage that may have been available.

Anyone with information that can help with inquiries is asked to contact the IOPC.

https://news.sky.com/story/officer-under-investigation-over-death-of-man-hit-by-police-car-12606240

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