Inquest finds man shot dead by Police was lawfully killed

The Inquest into the death of Richard Cottier has concluded with the finding that he was lawfully killed. Mr Cottier had armed himself with a lethal air weapon that had the appearance of a sawn-off shotgun and walked to a local petrol station where he acted aggressively. On being challenged by armed police, he levelled the weapon at them, tragically giving the officers no option in the circumstances but to discharge their weapons.

Alisdair Williamson QC appeared for the individual officers and Edmund Gritt appeared for the Metropolitan Police Service.

Further can be read on the case here.

9th June 2021

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