“I’m coming to get you. I’m not on the run. I’m coming to get you.”
Raoul Moat threat to the police
In the early hours of Saturday morning on 3 July, Moat approaches his former partner’s friend’s home. He’s armed with a sawn off shotgun and a bag of homemade bullets.
When Samantha Stobbart and her new 29-year-old partner, Christopher Brown, exit at 2:40am, Samantha sees Moat and screams a warning. Christopher tries to protect Sam. Moat shoots him at close range. He then fires again. Christopher staggers bleeding, defenceless and falls onto the grass. Moat walks up and shoots him point blank. Moat doesn’t know the man he’s just killed. Moat believes he’s killed a policeman. He’s wrong. Christopher Brown was though a father of three.
Moat goes after Samantha who has fled back inside. Then he aims and fires twice through the window after the mother of his child. She’s hit twice in the stomach.
“He said himself the only reason that he shot her where he shot her was so she couldn’t wear a bikini and show other men her figure - that was typical Raoul. Nobody else was allowed to look at Samantha.”
Agnes Hornsby, Samantha’s grandmother
Samantha turns white. Doctors later have to cut the 22-year-old’s stomach open to examine the extent of her internal organ damage.
CCTV captures Moat just once as he saunters off into the night.
The next morning Moat rings a friend and says that the shootings have lifted a huge cloud off his shoulders. And now he’s ‘full of beans’.
That afternoon, police announce they’re after Raoul Moat. They make 28 arrests trying to track him down. The 24-hour news stations and social media sites start to follow the manhunt. It’s just four weeks after gunman Derek Bird had killed 12 people in Cumbria. Could Moat be another spree killer? The Moat manhunt soon leads the headlines and becomes a national talking point.
One of those watching is an old friend of Moat’s, Andy McAlistair.
“...there was a knock at my door and it was Raoul. I nearly s*** myself...”
Andy tries to persuade Moat to turn himself in. Andy argues that Moat can say it was a crime of passion and maybe only get ten years inside. Moat is unconvinced. He leaves. Andy rings the police. So does Moat.
On Sunday 4 July at 12:31am Moat rings 999 on his mobile:
“Hello there, this is the gunman from Birtley last night, er, my name is Raoul Moat...um, what I’m phoning about is to tell you exactly why I have done what I have done right? Now my girlfriend has been having an affair behind my back with one of your officers, this gentleman that I shot last night...I am hunting for officers now.”
Moat has declared war on the police in revenge for a lifetime of perceived persecution.
Minutes later Moat spots an unarmed police patrol officer sat in his car at a roundabout west of Newcastle. The experienced officer knows the intersection is a favourite getaway route for criminals. He doesn’t know that Moat is being driven in an accomplice’s black Lexus. The police video in the car captures Moat circling.
At 12:45am Moat shoots the 42-year-old married father of two, PC David Rathband. David is blinded and by the first shot. As he brings himself round, Moat fires again. So David plays dead. Moat buys it and runs off.
With his last remaining strength, PC Rathband radios:
“I’ve been shot.”
The traffic officer is taken to Newcastle General in a ‘critical’ condition.