Will Payne and Kelly Jenkins
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Comment: If this description is true, it means that not only are police responsible for manslaughter, but that they are also engaged in mass public deception by lying to the media in claiming that Moat shot himself in the head of his own accord. Given the massive cover-up and mountain of lies that surrounded the murder of Jean Charles De Menezes, this is a very real possibility. The audio of the final moments of the stand-off clearly indicate that a lot more happened in those final seconds than Moat merely shooting himself.
The final moments of gunman Raoul Moat were last night revealed in chilling detail by his best friend – the man police sent in to persuade Moat to give himself up.
The Sunday Mirror can reveal that Moat, finally cornered, let out a blood-curdling scream BEFORE he unloaded a shotgun into his brain.
Last night there was mounting speculation that he may have pulled the trigger because he had been blasted by TWO 50,000-volt Taser stun-guns fired by police. If the Tasers did lead to Moat’s suicide, officers will face claims that they bungled the vital final stages of the six-hour stand-off.
Police had rushed Moat’s best friend Anthony Wright to talk Moat into giving himself up.
But Anthony said last night: “They got me there too late. I could have talked him round. I’m sure those Tasers led to his death.”
Anthony said he was phoned yesterday afternoon – around 12 hours after Moat’s death – by a policewoman who told him: “I am really sorry… I had no idea that anyone had used a Taser.
“Last night we all assumed he had shot himself of his own accord, but it now looks like the Taser may have caused him to do it.”
Controversially, police have refused to say:
– when they fired the Tasers.
– why they were fired.
– if it was a mistake or intentional.
– whether the Tasers actually hit Moat, a father of three.
This article was posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm