Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Taser Didn't Work the Second Missed Him; Two Weapons Fired at Killer but Both Failed to Incapacitate Him

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Taser Didn't Work the Second Missed Him; Two Weapons Fired at Killer but Both Failed to Incapacitate Him

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Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG

CRACK police marksmen tasked with bringing Raoul Moat in alive aimed two Tasers at the gunman before he shot himself - but one did not work and the other missed.

The inquest into the killer's death heard yesterday how Moat "raised on his knees, moved his shotgun to his temple and psyched himself" in the final seconds of the life.

At this point, two West Yorkshire firearms officers took it in turn to aim two controversial X-rep electro-shock Tasers at the captive in a last-ditch bid to prevent his suicide.

The first round, launched by unnamed officer Zulu 24, struck the fugitive in the chest but had "no obvious effect on him other than a yelp of pain", the hearing was told.

A second Taser, fired by his partner Victor 24, from a separate point missed Moat completely, landing harmlessly in the River Coquet behind.

Moat had been spotted and surrounded six hours earlier in an area of long grass next to the river in Rothbury, Northumberland.

Northumbria Police firearms teams had their weapons trained on him for more than five hours before Zulu 24 and Victor 24 arrived at the scene armed with the unlicensed Tasers to relieve tired colleagues.

Zulu 24 gave a detailed account of how the end came for the murderer as he knelt under floodlights 10m away from marksmen, police negotiators and Taser riflemen.

The wanted criminal previously told police negotiators "this is all going to end in this field tonight", the 10-man inquest jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard.

"It was about 1.11am and I sensed that things between the negotiators and Moat seemed to take a turn for the worse," Zulu 24 told the inquest.

"Tension had heightened, and things had become a bit sinister. I brought my Taser weapon up into my shoulder so I could look through the sight. I had it aimed at Moat's torso.

"From the comment he had just made, 'this is all going to end in this field tonight', I thought there was a very great possibility that he was about to shoot himself.

"He started to shuffle around and I thought he was going to stand up. But in one swift movement he then moved his shotgun from under his chin to the right side of his head. …

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