James Wilson of 24 years old was shot by a plastic bullet from a police rifle after denying to put down the weapon in South Shields in March of 2016. The father of the man stated to the Coroner of Newcastle, Karen Dilks what he thought about his son that he wanted to “use the police to commit suicide”.
Mrs Diljks also came to know that before the incident James Wilson and his friend shared 48 bottles of beer. After the shooting on 29th March, an air pistol was found outside the apartment of the former partner of James Wilson in Frenchman’s Way. After three days, James Wilson had died.
In a statement to the judicial enquiry, Carl Wilson said: “I think he wanted to go out in a blaze of glory. That’s why he did it the way he did. I think he wanted the police to kill him and he used the police to commit suicide”.
The enquiry commision listened about the entire mishap that Northumbria Police received an anonymous call from the unknown person who introduced himself as James Wilson in the early hours and claimed that he had a black 9mm gun and he was in Frenchman’s Way.
According to Mrs Dilks: “The caller, among other threats, said he would not put the gun down, he didn’t care if anyone got hurt and he was going to shoot the officers who attended”.
The coroner also said that the camera placed inside the vehicle which had been sent to check the truth of the call showed James Wilson was pointing his gun several times towards the officer.