KILLER Raoul Moat committed suicide, an inquest jury has ruled.
The 37-year-old ex-doorman, pictured, was run to ground in Rothbury in July last year, after shooting ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart, executing her new boyfriend Chris Brown, and then blinding Pc David Rathband.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has cleared the controversial use of unapproved Taser stun weapons fired in a bid to bring the stand-off to a peaceful end.
The X12 Taser shotguns were only licensed for testing in the UK and it was the first time firearms officers had seen the weapons.
Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim said: "There were simply no other options available to us to stop Moat taking his own life, in view of the distance involved.
"There is substantial evidence to suggest Moat intended to commit suicide.
“He left suicide notes, a dictaphone recording and a letter in which he indicated he did not want to return to prison.”
IPCC commissioner Nicholas Long said: “Northumbria Police were co-ordinating the search for a man who had killed one person, seriously injured two others and had expressed his intent to kill police officers and members of the public.”
“It is apparent from all the evidence that the primary objective was to try to preserve Raoul Moat’s life.
“It is recognised that given Moat’s clearly expressed intentions to harm himself and others, the XREP did present an opportunity to use non-lethal force to stop him.
“Northumbria Police believed providing the X12 shotguns to shotgun-trained officers was prudent and given the context of the situation I must agree with that.”
But Moat's half bother Angus said he believed using the XREP Taser was a "mistake".
Mr Moat stressed he did not condone his brother's violence and believed he was "pushed over the edge" by losing his partner, children, home, business and freedom.