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Police have confirmed they shot Raoul Moat with a taser stun gun during last night's stand-off with Britain's most wanted man.
The six-hour stalemate on a Northumberland riverbank eventually came to an end when the 37-year-old shot himself dead at 1.15am.
Temporary Chief Constable Sue Sim told a news conference: "Right up until that time police officers were striving to get Mr Moat to give himself up.
"During this time police officers discharged a taser, however that did not prevent his death."
She would not take questions after the media briefing, but from the wording of her statement it can only be assumed Moat was hit with the taser before he shot himself.
Although, there is also the possibility the taser was fired, but missed him.
Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said when you listen to the recording of the stand-off, you can hear a crying sound moments before the fatal shot rings out.
He said tasers give a fleeting feeling of intense pain, and usually elicit an involuntary wail from the victim, and this may be the sound of Moat being hit.
Firearms experts said it is possible that the high voltage shock may have caused him to flinch and pull the trigger as he held the shotgun to his neck in the pouring rain.
Up until now, police would only say "no gunshots" were fired by officers. The matter will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Around half an hour later, ambulance staff were allowed onto the scene.
He was seen being wheeled on a trolley into Newcastle General Hospital with a sheet covering his head. Moat was confirmed dead at 2.20am.
In a statement Northumbria Police said: "Police can now confirm that Raoul Thomas Moat, 37, of Newcastle, died in hospital early this morning."
The statement added: "No officers or members of the public were injured."
I think the 3rd option is most likely from what I've heard (and most likely the one the enquiry will publish regardless) is that Raole fired first at him self, the taser was fired as a precaution against a further shot.
So, if two tasers were fired, followed by Moat firing his shotgun, why are only two gun sounds heard on the Sky news video?