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1st July, 2015. Bradford Coroners' Court:
accidental death of Colin David Berry.
Appropriate police action.
The eleven jurors empanelled for the inquest into the death of Colin David Berry in April 2013 this afternoon returned a unanimous verdict of accidental death.
The fatal shooting took place during a struggle with a police officer, who was present at the home of Mr Berry with colleagues under the authority of a search warrant for a cannabis farm.
Mr Berry died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The Inquest had heard Mr Berry would have lost consciousness within seconds and died very soon afterwards. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident - his home - at 13.45 by paramedics, who had been called as soon as the accidental shooting occured.
The jury statement said death occured at about 1 pm.
During the Inquest the Court heard that Mr Berry had had amphetamine in his system, at roughly one fifth of a fatal dose. A quantity of cannabis and MDMA were found at the premises after the death, as well as deactivated and live unlicensed weapons and live ammunition.
Representatives from the Independent Police Complaints' commission were present during the Inquest. Mr Hugh Davies QC said, in response to my question, that police federation representatives had been involved only in providing general advise to the officers.
Helen Gavaghan, publisher and editor, Science, People & Politics