Armed siege village tries to return to normal life.

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A quiet village near Huddersfield which became the scene of a seven-hour siege which saw a gunman shot dead by police, one officer injured and a pensioner narrowly missed by a stray bullet is trying to return to normal.

Alistair Bell, 42, was shot dead by a West Yorkshire Police marksman on Tuesday morning after a night-long stand off in Kirkheaton, during which he fired a number of shots at officers with a handgun.

Retired engineer Roger Thistlethwaite, 71, described how three rounds hit his house 100 yards from Bell's terraced house where the siege took place.

Mr Thistlethwaite explained how one bullet shattered his living room window as he watched TV, missing him by a few feet.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is continuing to investigate the incident which began on Monday evening when unarmed officers turned up at the house on Cockley Hill Lane to arrest Bell after a complaint that had threatened a couple in the village.

Bell shot one of the officers - a 29-year-old constable - in the back as he moved away.

His chief constable, Sir Norman Bettison, said the officer was saved from serious injury by his body armour.

Officers spent the night imploring the unemployed divorcee to put his weapon down and surrender but the siege ended at 5.30am on Tuesday when one officer returned fire, fatally wounding Bell.

The IPCC's investigation was delayed by fears Bell had rigged the house with explosives. A 9mm self-loading pistol has since been recovered from the house.

People living in Kirkheaton have said Bell was a loner who was "well-known to the police". They said he was a drug user with a lengthy prison record.