THE family of a convicted British criminal shot dead by police on Spain’s Costa del Sol have questioned the events surrounding his death.

Sean Hercules, 39, had been killed in a shootout with police as they came to arrest him at the Autosole Aparthotel in Cancelada.  

His family have told a pre-inquest hearing in Leeds they have an ‘enormous’ number of questions about his death.

The father of at least one daughter, who had convictions for drug trafficking and firearms offences, reportedly pulled out a gun before he was shot dead.

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“There are an enormous number of questions the family do have. “

“They would hope all the necessary enquiries will be done in order to obtain information from Spain with regard to how Sean Hercules died.

“For example, how many times was Sean Hercules shot? As soon as you get the post mortem report it will answer that question and probably open up up more questions,” said Sara Lyle, the solicitor representing Sean Hercules’s family.

Hercules previously faced a charge of attempted murder in the UK after leaving a man with more than 250 gunshot wounds to his body.

Senior coroner Kevin McLoughlin said: “I understand we have got CCTV of armed police officers entering the building.

“That clearly suggests it’s a planned operation rather than a chance encounter.”

A request will be made to the Spanish authorities for information about the incident McLoughlin added.

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