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Why Were Police So Keen To Kill London Barrister Mark Saunders?

by | 20th, September 2010

THE inquest into the death of Mark Saunders, 32, killed by a police marksmen , is underway. On May 6, 2008, Saunders fired a shotgun blast from the window of his Chelsea home in Markham Square.

Police rushed to the scene. The siege lasted five hours before Saunders was shot and killed. He was stuck by at least five bullets. Seven officers fired 11 bullets. Mr Saunders was hit in the head, heart, liver and lower body.

Police fired the first shot at 5.04pm. The second shot was fired at 9.09pm. The area was sealed. A police helicopter flew overhead. Mr Saunders was armed. But how dangerous was he to the pubic at large?

The question is: was his death lawful?

During the stand-off, Saunders texted Alex Booth, the best man at his wedding two years earlier. The texts went:

First text : A blank message
Second text : “This is the end my only friend, the end. X”
Third text message : “Call me now.”

Mr Booth acknowledges that message two was a reference to

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