posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 09:30 PM
Gunman Moat dead, police sources say
Fugitive gunman Raoul Moat has died after apparently shooting himself following a six-hour stand-off with armed officers, police sources say.
Police said earlier that "no shots were fired by police officers" and no officers were hurt in the incident.
Moat was taken to hospital in Newcastle, but sources told the BBC later that he had died.
Police had been negotiating with him close to a river in the town of Rothbury after a week-long manhunt.
BBC producer Claire Kendall said she heard two shots fired.
Eyewitness Peter Abiston, whose house overlooks the scene of the incident, told the BBC: "There's been a shooting. Paramedics have gone into him.
"From what I can see he shot himself. He lay down and shot himself.
Raoul Moat lying on the ground in Rothbury, Northumberland Moat was earlier seen pointing a gun at his own neck
"I think there was two, but there was certainly one shot."