Inquest told that Taser had no effect on killer Raoul Moat

Raoul Moat incident.'Friday daytime photos..'On Friday morning police activity was concentrated around the Cragside estate which was closed to the public.'A police marksman

Raoul Moat incident.'Friday daytime photos..'On Friday morning police activity was concentrated around the Cragside estate which was closed to the public.'A police marksman

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POLICE officers who fired Tasers at cornered killer Raoul Moat said that one missed and the other had no effect.

Moat told police negotiators “this is all going to end in this field tonight”, an inquest jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Two West Yorkshire Police firearms officers – identified in court as Zulu 24 and Victor 24 – used experimental X12 shotgun Tasers after Moat appeared to prepare to kill himself.

They had been called to the grassy area by the River Coquet in Rothbury, Northumberland, to relieve other armed officers who had been containing Moat for several hours.

Moat had shot his ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart, killed her boyfriend Chris Brown, 29, and later blinded Pc David Rathband.

Zulu 24 said Moat brought the gun from under his chin and pointed it at his temple. “I thought he was going to shoot himself,” he said.

The officer, who was aiming an X12 shotgun Taser at Moat’s chest, fired.

Coroner David Mitford asked: “Was there any effect on Mr Moat?” The witness replied: “None whatsoever, sir.”

Victor 24 realised his colleague’s Taser had not incapacitated Moat, so he fired his X12, but it missed. The cartridge was later recovered from the river. Almost immediately after he fired, there was a “muffled bang” from Moat’s direction. Moat went limp and fell backwards, he said.

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