OFFICIAL: MOATY TOPPED HIMSELF
Suicide verdict on killer madman
THE jury at the inquest of cornered killer Raoul Moat — who blasted himself in the head with a sawn-off shotgun — has returned a unanimous verdict of suicide.
Police fired shotgun Tasers as he prepared to kill himself in Rothbury, Northumberland, in July last year, but the rounds had no effect on him, the three-week inquest heard.
The court was told that the aim was to incapacitate Moat so officers could arrest him, but the likelihood was that there wasn’t enough to cause him to pull the trigger.
The 37-year-old ex-doorman was surrounded by police marksmen and negotiators tried for six hours to get him to surrender, but he was determined not to go back to prison, the inquest at Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Moat was on the run after shooting his ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart, executing her new boyfriend Chris Brown, and then blinding Pc David Rathband after he declared war on police.
Officers were offered and accepted X12 Taser shotguns which were only licensed for testing in the UK. It was the first time firearms officers had seen the weapons.
The shotguns were used because they fired cartridges over a longer range than conventional handheld Tasers.
Two were fired — one round hit his forearm, the other missed — and moments later he discharged the shotgun through his brain.
Remarkably, he still had a pulse when he arrived at Newcastle General Hospital some 30 miles away, despite the unsurvivable brain injury.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has cleared officers involved in Moat’s death of any wrongdoing.
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