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PC Richard Gray, Died 6 May 2007


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Richard Gray
Police Constable
West Mercia Police
Died 6 May 2007, aged 43

After unarmed officers, attending an early morning disturbance at a house in Shrewsbury, were held at gunpoint, he arrived at the scene with an armed response unit; as he and a colleague went to the back of the house he was confronted by the gunman and he was shot in the head with a rifle and killed.
The gunman was found shot dead nearby; an inquest returned verdicts that PC Gray was unlawfully killed and his assailant committed suicide.
Ricky, from Dundee, served as a soldier in the Black Watch from 1981 to 1997 when he joined Cheshire Constabulary. In 2003 he transferred to West Mercia where he was a firearms officer attached to the Armed Response Team at Shrewsbury. He had received two Divisional Commendations for assisting in rescues, a Judge's Commendation and two Chief Constable's Commendations for bravery in arresting violent suspects armed with firearms.
He was survived by his wife, his two adult sons from a previous marriage, and his sister.
Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.




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