Police firearms officers describe the moments leading up to a fatal shooting

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The jury has already heard that Richard Davies was shot dead at his St Neots home on October 21, 2015, after threatening to kill his children and firing at police
The inquest continued today (July 14) into the first ever fatal shooting by Cambridgeshire police in the county.

Father-of-three Richard Davies died from a single gunshot wound to the chest at his family home in Duck Lane, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, on October 21, 2015.


On day eight of the inquest into his death jurors heard how the 41-year-old engineer had goaded police, firing five shots and hurling verbal abuse at them in the moments leading up to his death.

At Peterborough Town Hall evidence was brought forward from two of the six firearms officers called to the scene.

The officers have been granted anonymity and were referred to by a cipher containing a letter and a number.
Officer F7 described the moment he and his colleagues were goaded and shot at before officer I7 shot Mr Davies dead.

“I genuinely thought one of us were going to get shot,” he said. “As I drove alongside [the house]... I remember seeing a very bright flash come from the downstairs window and hearing a ‘bang’.

“The way it sounded, and the way it looked, it was coming towards our vehicle.

“N6 and I both jumped out of the skin at that point and N6 radioed the control room to let them know what had happened… I didn't want to be in the line of fire from other potential shots.”

He also described the moment of the fatal shooting, which came after Mr Davies had already fired five shots at officers from open windows and refused their attempts at negotiation.
Mr Davies had tied up his children and threatened to kill them after spending the day drinking before armed police were called to his home.

F7 told the hearing at Peterbough Town Hall: “I remember seeing the fifth bang and just a fraction of a second afterwards, almost at the same time, I then heard another bang and to my knowledge it came from one of the other officers.

He said that “a silence fell, a very eerie silence,” before officer N6 called out.

According to F7 it was then that firearms officer I7 shouted back, confirming: “It was me."

Officer N6 also gave evidence. He was the first on the scene alongside F7.

N6 told assistant coroner Nicholas Moss: “The first thing I said was that we were armed police officers.

"For a few seconds there was no response then Mr Davies re-emerged at the window as we went past.

“He was partly hanging out that window and had the lights on behind him so he was fairly silhouetted.

“I saw a flash and he fired at me again.”


Mr Moss asked: “Do you recall Mr Davies shouting 'F***ing shoot me then you c***s?'”

N6 replied: “Yes I do. He was completely square on to me and looking at me.”
Following the fatal shot N6 shouted for certain officers to cover certain windows for safety after they used a baton to smash glass to get to the key in the door.

He told the inquest that when he entered house he saw blood on door frames and splattered on the floor.
He then described how he physically grabbed officers by the shoulder to give them instructions for life saving resuscitation.

Four more firearms officers, including shooter I7 will give evidence next week.

The inquest continues on Monday (July 17).


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