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Police shooting inquest

An inquest in Peterborough is investigating the circumstances of the death of Richard Davies who was shot by armed police in St Neots in October 2015.

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Man shot by police in Cambridgeshire was 'lawfully killed'

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A jury has found a man shot dead by police in Cambridgeshire was "lawfully killed" - after the father-of-three encouraged officers to fire.

Richard Davies died following the stand-off with armed police at his home in St Neots in October 2015.

The 41-year-old had learned his marriage was over, spent the day drinking, then tied up his children when armed police were called to his home.

Today, a jury in the inquest into his death found he had been killed lawfully and responded to three questions put to them by the coroner.

Question 1: Were there any errors or omissions in communication among the police?

Answer: No.

Question 2: Were there any errors or omissions in attempts made to negotiate?

Answer: No.

Had Richard Davies acted in a way to get police to shoot him?

Answer: Yes.

The jury added that, while it was unlikely to have affected the outcome, they "felt uncomfortable that telephone negotiations were not considered".

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