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INVESTIGATION - The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission

INVESTIGATION – The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission

KNAPHILL residents have lifted the lid on the ex-soldier who was shot by armed police – describing him as an unstable individual who “just needed someone to listen”.

Richard Pell was shot in the shoulder by police who believed he was about to inflict harm on himself and others outside his home in Oak Tree Road.

Police believed Mr Pell was in possession of a live weapon when he was fired upon.

But the Independent Police Complaints Commission later confirmed he was holding a ball-bearing gun.

Half the street were forced to seek refuge at the Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Road at approximately 11pm after Mr Pell – known around the village as Ricky – suggested explosives had been planted in his home.

I’m not saying the shooting was unjust but he shouldn’t have been in that position to start with. Having spoken to him in the pub it is clear that he needed help

A bomb squad gave the all-clear for residents to return at around 2am on Thursday morning, but the incident has left locals concerned about the welfare of Mr Pell who was left disabled after being wounded in action.

Mr Pell, who is in his 40s, was drinking at the Anchor Pub in Knaphill High Street on the night of the police shooting.

Pub manager Angela Pearson (right) said she could not imagine frail Mr Pell, who walks with a cane, posing such a threat and said: “We couldn’t believe what was going on. Knaphill is normally very quiet and you don’t expect these sorts of things to happen, especially from someone like Ricky.

“He can barely stand without his walking stick so you wonder how he could be capable of something like that.

“The police wouldn’t have shot him without reason so he must have provoked them into taking action – it’s so strange to see a person all the time and then hear about them doing something crazy.

“I saw him in the pub that day and he seemed his normal talkative self. You wouldn’t have thought anything like that was about to happen – he must have flipped.”

Angela’s grandfather Keith said more needed to be done to help ex-servicemen and that Mr Pell was clearly not in a ‘stable state of mind’.

He added: “I’m not saying the shooting was unjust but he shouldn’t have been in that position to start with. Having spoken to him in the pub it is clear that he needed help.”

On Friday evening (July 27) police confirmed a man in his 40s had been arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and use of a firearm to make threats.

A man in his 30s who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of communicating false information about a hoax bomb was  released with no further action.

But he was subsequently rearrested by the UK Border Agency on suspicion of immigration offences.

IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin said: “Our inquiry will involve a thorough investigation, scrutinising all the circumstances surrounding the police actions and decisions leading from initial 999 calls up to the shooting.”

Mr Pell remains in a stable condition in hospital.

SHOOTING - investigations are on going

SHOOTING – investigations are on going

A MAN shot by armed police in Knaphill has been identified as ex-soldier Richard Pell.

Pell, better known as ‘Ricky’ around the village, was shot in the shoulder by armed officers after threatening to cause harm to himself and others outside his home in Oak Tree Road on Wednesday night.

He remains in a stable condition at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Neighbours had to be evacuated over fears the former squaddie had planted an explosive device in the property.

The investigation has been referred the Independent Police Complaints Commission who last night revealed Mr Pell was carrying a ball-bearing gun when he was shot.

Mr Pell, who is in his 40s, was drinking at the Anchor Pub in the High Street prior to the incident.

Pub manager Angela Pearson, 25, says she could not imagine frail Mr Pell, who walks with a cane, could pose such a threat.

She said: “We couldn’t believe what was going on, Knaphill is normally very quiet and you don’t expect these sorts of things to happen, especially from someone like Ricky.

“He can barely stand without his walking stick so you wonder how he could be capable of something like that.

“The police wouldn’t have shot him for no reason so he must have provoked them into taking action – it’s so strange to see a person all the time and then hear about them doing something crazy.

“I saw him in the pub that day and he seemed his normal talkative self, you wouldn’t have thought anything like that was about to happen – he must have flipped.”

Angela’s grandfather Keith said more needed to be done to help ex-servicemen and women and that Pell was clearly not in a ‘stable state of mind’.

He added: “I’m not saying the shooting was unjust but he shouldn’t have been in that position to start with, having spoken to him in the pub it is clear that he needed help.”

On Friday evening July 27) police confirmed a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and use of a firearm to make threats.

A man in his 30s who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of communicating false information about a hoax bomb was  released with no further action.

But he was subsequently rearrested by the UK Border Agency on suspicion of immigration offences and remains in police custody while the matter is investigated.

 

 

CORDON - Oak Tree Road is sealed off by police

CORDON – Oak Tree Road is sealed off by police

A MAN shot by police in Knaphill last night was carrying a black BB gun, the Independent Police Complaints Commission have revealed.

Armed Response Units rushed to Oak Tree Road just after 10pm yesterday (Wednesday, July 25) after an individual was reported to be carrying an armed weapon with the intent of harming himself and others.

A man in his 40s was shot at the scene and was taken to St George’s hospital in Tooting. Police have yet to reveal the extent of his injuries.

Officers confirmed a firearm had been discovered and the IPCC later confirmed the weapon was a ball bearing air gun.

Paramedics were working on a man on the ground and eventually an ambulance turned up – it was a bit of a shock

IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin said: “This matter was referred to the IPCC in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 26 July) and we immediately sent investigators to the scene.

“At this stage we can confirm that one round was fired by one officer resulting in the man’s injuries and hospitalisation.

“A  weapon was found at the scene and has been identified by a ballistics expert as a 6mm BB gun which had been painted black. Further forensic work is being carried out on that weapon and IPCC investigators have supervised house to house inquiries in the local area.

“Our inquiry, which is in the very early stages, will be a thorough investigation scrutinising all of the circumstances surrounding the police actions and decisions leading from initial 999 calls made earlier in the evening up to the shooting.

“An IPCC family liaison manager has made contact with the man to explain our role.”

One resident, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said people entering the property in question were often drunk or in search of drugs.

The mother of two described the incident as a shock but admitted police were always being called to deal with trouble right outside her door.

Reliving the ordeal, she said: “My son woke up me at around 11pm saying that armed police were running around everywhere and that he thought someone had been shot.

“By then the shot had gone off so I came down in my dressing gown to have a look and there were police absolutely everywhere.

“Paramedics were working on a man on the ground and eventually an ambulance turned up – it was a bit of a shock.”

Fears the man had planted an explosive device at the property led to some residents being evacuated to a nearby church, but a bomb disposal team found nothing.

“At about midnight we were evacuated to Holy Trinity Church hall and got back home just gone 2am.

SHOOTING - police cars line the road

SHOOTING – police cars line the road

“I woke up this morning at around 5.30am and this whole area was cordoned off – they’ve obviously been very busy over night.

“I’ve lived here 17 years and that house has always been trouble.

“The area has changed vastly since we’ve moved in.

“It’s not the quiet neighbourhood it used to be and police are always outside.”

Another witness told the News & Mail: “I was there at about 12.10am when the bomb disposal unit arrived. There were still armed police around.

“My friend was there and had just finished his shift at Sainsbury’s – there were about 10 police cars in the shop’s car park and more outside.

“He drove down to see what was happening and he heard gun shots at about 11.15pm. The armed police were full-on with machine guns.

“The police evacuated the area sending people to the nearby church.

“They told my friend to get down in the car.

“The man told them he had a bomb in his house and that’s when the police shot him.”

Another man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and remains in police custody.

The shooting  has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who have sent investigators to the scene.

A spokesman said: “A decision on the level of IPCC involvement will be made once the assessment is completed.”

Video footage below courtesy of BRONXYTV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT8I49NnInA

 

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