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Inquest into police gun killing
Scene of Stocksfield shooting
A home-made gun and ammunition were found at Mr Scott's home
An inquest is being held into the death of a man shot by a police marksman.

John Scott, 42, was killed by a single bullet to the chest in July 2005 after barricading himself inside a house in Stocksfield, Northumberland.

He had earlier discharged a firearm at a police officer during a dispute in the street, and was seen with what appeared to be a gun when he was shot.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found no evidence to suggest the killing was unlawful.

On 16 July, an officer on his way to an unrelated incident saw Mr Scott assaulting a woman near his Kimberly Gardens home.

When he intervened, Mr Scott fired a weapon, forcing the officer to defend himself with CS spray.

A stand-off ensued when Northumbria Police's armed response were called to his home and he was shot after appearing at an upstairs window with what appeared to be a firearm.

An initial police investigation revealed Mr Scott had a home-made gun, and shotgun ammunition was found in his house.

Newcastle Coroner David Mitford is carrying out the inquest, expected to last a week, at the city's civic centre.



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