Moat Tasers ‘not effective’
UNAUTHORISED shotgun Tasers used by police in the stand-off with crazed killer Raoul Moat were not an effective non-lethal weapon, a Home Office expert told an inquest.
In testing “more often than not” the X-Rep cartridges did not achieve their purpose of incapacitating the target, the hearing was told.
Officers fired twice at the 15st 7lb fugitive as he prepared to kill himself with a sawn-off shotgun.
The continuing inquest at Newcastle Crown Court has heard that police fired the X12 Tasers — which were licensed only for testing — because standard X26 handheld Tasers didn’t have the necessary range.
Its failings were described by a Home Office physicist.