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UK gunman declares war on cops

2010-07-06 13:03

London - A gunman in Britain suspected of killing one man and injuring his ex-girlfriend and a police officer in a shooting spree has declared war on police, pledging not to stop "until I'm dead," according to a letter sent to officers.

Armed police from six forces have intensified their search for Raoul Moat, a 37-year-old Newcastle bodybuilder, after the multiple shootings in Gateshead and Newcastle at the weekend.

A 49-page hand-written letter, purportedly by Moat, to Northumbria police and published by the Sun newspaper on Tuesday suggested he was pursuing a vendetta against the force.

"Last night I called 999 and declared war on Northumbria Police before shooting an officer on the West End A69 roundabout in his T5 (patrol car)," the letter said.

"The public need not fear me but the police should as I won't stop till I'm dead."

Cops 'hunted me for years'

Northumbria police, who are leading the manhunt, would not confirm the letter was from Moat.

Officers have surrounded a house in Gateshead as part of their operation, according to media reports.

Moat is suspected of shooting his former girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killing her boyfriend, Chris Brown, 20, early on Saturday morning at her mother's home in Gateshead, shortly after he was released from jail.

He then allegedly shot and critically injured PC David Rathband, 42, as he sat in a patrol car a few miles away at East Denton, Newcastle.

In the letter, Moat blamed police for wrecking his life and destroying his relationship with Stobbart. He has also accused a member of Northumbria police of having an affair with her, an allegation the force denies.

"I'm not on the run, I will keep killing police until I am dead," the letter said. "They've hunted me for years, now it's my turn."