Police fired tasers at Moat in bid to prevent suicide

TWO police officers fired Taser guns at killer Raoul Moat before he shot himself, an inquest opening heard today.

Independent Police Complaints Authority senior investigator Steve Reynolds told the hearing in Newcastle that the officers, from West Yorkshire police, discharged their Tasers in an apparent attempt to prevent Moat from killing himself.

Newcastle coroner David Mitford said the cause of Moat’s death was a gunshot wound to the head.

He died following a lengthy standoff with police in Rothbury last week.

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