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11-07-11, 11:24 AM #1
Crossbow siege man was lawfully killed
A man shot dead by police in County Durham was lawfully killed, an inquest jury has concluded.
Father-of-two Keith Richards, 47, died during a stand-off outside his home in Shildon in May 2009 after firing crossbow bolts at officers.
Jurors decided that it was likely Mr Richards, who suffered from depression, wanted to be killed by armed officers.
Mr Richards was drunk when he was hit by a round from a sniper rifle after he had called for police to shoot him.
Mr Richards, who lived apart from his wife, had handed their home back to the bank before it was repossessed.
The inquest at Newton Aycliffe heard he was distressed at recently being arrested for drink-driving and had lost his window-fitting business after his tools were stolen.
BBC News - Crossbow siege man Keith Richards was lawfully killed
Lack of training about cross bow incidents has been criticised
We aren't talking about bladed articles which could be dealt with although at greater risk by officers with shields or taser - crossbows are projectile weapons and need to be met with projectile weapons."all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
"the world is a dangerous place place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it" Albert Einstein
11-07-11, 01:26 PM #2SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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