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The Man Who Shot Mark Saunders: Armed Officer Inserted Songs Into Testimony For A Laugh

by | 2nd, November 2010

MARK Saunders was shot dead by police after a five hour siege in Chelsea. Saunders was drunk and carrying a 12-bore shotgun. The law says they acted legally. Well, almost all of them did, allegedly. One Metropolitan police firearms officer (code name: Alpha Zulu 8) has been suspended from the Force for allegedly “inserting song titles” into his oral evidence at the dead man’s inquest.

Ha-ha! A man has been shot dead – mpiosisbly by Alpha Zulu 8 – but let’s not get down.

His testimony – spot the songs (and it is diverse musical taste, from Duran Duran to Barbra Streisand):

“As I play it back in my mind, which is not something I do all the time, but in quiet moments I think about and I feel: ‘is there any other way?’ [American hi-fi]. But every time I play it back in my mind [Elis Paul] it’s the same outcome – unfortunately Mr Saunders gets shot because of his actions.

How you getting along? Spotted any..?

“I switched the light on, he turned towards me and I thought: ‘Fuck my old boots [The Membranes]. I’ve got a gun trained on me …

“As he brings the gun down his finger could be on the trigger. Action will always beat reactions. We have to decide where that point is, and for me as he was bringing it down I thought, ‘No. Enough is enough.'”


“I would be buggered if I was going to turn my back on a guy with a shotgun. I’ve got people protecting me, or I’m supposed to, but there’s nothing like protecting yourself – self-preservation.”

What songs did he insert? And if you’ve killed a man is making light part of staying sane..?

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