Here’s the scene, via independent.co.uk: “The ex-doorman was sitting in Rothbury, Northumberland, with a sawn-off shotgun pointing at his temple when the Taser hit him. Moments later he fired, blowing a hole straight through his brain.” At the time, Raoul Moat had just murdered his wife’s boyfriend and blinded a police officer. The cops had him cornered. They were about 10m away. A policeman shot him with a TASER X-12 shotgun firing an XREP round–despite the fact that none of the officers involved had training in the weapon’s use. The incident has become the subject of much gruesome speculation . . .
The jury has heard although the XREP round hit his arm, it did not pierce the skin, and any electric shock was localised, if it happened at all. Dr Schofield produced a report for the coroner with the summary: “Mr Moat was struck by an XREP projectile on the left forearm. There is no definitive evidence to suggest that electrical discharge of any type was felt by Mr Moat.
“In the event that electrical discharge did occur, in my opinion, this would only precipitate an action for which there was a pre-existing, conscious intent.”
Looking at the video above it’s clear recoil from the modified Mossie was not an issue—unless a shotgun savvy cop over-compensated for the lack of recoil. It’s the XREP round’s trajectory and its ability to pierce clothing and deliver its charge that’s now under fire. And the time it takes for that charge to have an incapacitating effect. If it does.
While there’s nothing like a field test to sort out the art and science of a shotgun TASER, you’d kinda hope the police would wait for a slightly less dramatic scenario. Or official qualifications. Still, dead men tell no tales. And police accountability for taking out a cop killer? You must be jokin’ mate.