"This is a shocking event and a tragedy for Mr Atkinson’s family and friends. They are in my thoughts at this very difficult time.
"It is important that we give West Mercia Police and the IPCC time and space to investigate what happened in the early hours of this morning. I have been briefed by the Superintendent for Telford and Wrekin and will continue to receive updates over the coming days.
"The Police have a duty to keep our communities safe and it is important that they have the right equipment and proper training to do this."