Man shot dead by cops 'tied up kids and threatened to kill himself'

Man shot dead by cops 'tied up kids and threatened to kill himself'

An engineer shot dead by police in his own home had tied up two of his children and threatened to kill himself after learning his marriage was over then shot at police firearms officers from inside his home, an inquest heard.

Richard Davies, 41, had fired six shots when he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest fired by an officer, referred to by the cipher I7, using his police issue Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifle, Wednesday's hearing at Peterborough Town Hall was told.

He also had a knife with him and had been drinking throughout the day, assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire Nicholas Moss said.

The father-of-three had been due to move out of his marital home the weekend after his death, he had been signed off work following difficulty with a work colleague and had been prescribed anti-depressants, jurors heard.

Mr Davies was pronounced dead at the home he shared with his wife Samantha in Duck Lane, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, on October 21 2015.

On the day of his death, while Mr Davies's wife was at a university course and his three children were at school, he made several trips to a nearby convenience store for cans of beer.

He bought four cans on a first visit at 10.30am, drank two cans with a man he met online at around lunchtime and showed him a homemade gun and a box of bullets, then bought a further four cans on a third visit at 4.45pm.

He had a "long, emotional talk" with his wife when she arrived home and things seemed "fairly normal" before she left to see her sister.

At 6.30pm he made a fourth visit to the shop for four more cans of beer, and at 7pm, by which time his three children were home from school, he asked two of them to go to the shop to buy wrapping paper and string.

While they were out of the house he tied up the third child, put duct tape over his mouth and locked him in a bedroom.

When the two other children returned from the shop, Mr Davies went to a second child and "brandished a kitchen knife; he was saying that he wanted to end his life," Mr Moss said.

"Mr Davies threatened to kill the children if they did not do what they were told, so Child A decided to allow Mr Davies to tie him up," he said.

The children managed to make 999 calls, alert their mother who came straight to the house, and all three managed to escape by jumping from upstairs windows.

Mr Moss said that Mrs Davies was recorded on a 999 call, made before she knew all of the children were out of the house, as saying "that they all love him. They just want to help him and that he should just let the children out."

Firearms officers attended, with Mr Davies assessed as being emotionally or mentally distressed or disturbed.

As officers arrived at the scene and within a period of around "four to five minutes" Mr Davies fired a total of six shots from the house, the inquest heard.

Mr Moss said that Mr Davies shouted "f****** shoot me then you c****'", to which an officer replied "we don't want to do that to anybody, Richard".

Mr Moss said that firearms officer I7 saw Mr Davies reappear at an upstairs window after the father-of-three had fired two shots in quick succession.

"He was concerned Mr Davies was going to fire again and he had no option but to fire," said Mr Moss.

He told jurors: "You will need to examine whether other options could or indeed should have been adopted."

He said this included whether officers should have withdrawn, and whether Mrs Davies could have been used to negotiate with her husband.

The jury inquest, which is expected to last two-and-a-half weeks, continues.