Inquest sees moment police shoot dead 24-year-old man

A man who was shot dead by police was brandishing kitchen knives at officers and threatening to kill his partner, an inquest heard.

Josh Pitt, 24, was involved in a stand-off with police at his home after Katherine Moore called to report that she had been beaten and locked inside their flat while he went to the shops.

Mr Pitt then returned home to find Ms Moore attempting to barricade herself inside a bedroom, according to a recording of the 999 call.

Bedfordshire Police attended the scene of the stand-off in Hibbert Street, Luton on November 9, 2016, before breaking down the door into the property 

Bedfordshire Police attended the scene of the stand-off in Hibbert Street, Luton on November 9, 2016, before breaking down the door into the property 

Bedfordshire Police attended the scene of the stand-off in Hibbert Street, Luton on November 9, 2016, before breaking down the door into the property 

Josh Pitt was shot dead by police moments after they entered the property, pictured, in footage which was captured on one of the officer's body worn camera

Josh Pitt was shot dead by police moments after they entered the property, pictured, in footage which was captured on one of the officer's body worn camera

Josh Pitt was shot dead by police moments after they entered the property, pictured, in footage which was captured on one of the officer’s body worn camera

The footage was shown to jurors at Mr Pitt's inquest which is ongoing 

The footage was shown to jurors at Mr Pitt's inquest which is ongoing 

The footage was shown to jurors at Mr Pitt’s inquest which is ongoing 

Police managed to rescue Pitt's partner Katherine Moore, pictured, who suffered injuries

Police managed to rescue Pitt's partner Katherine Moore, pictured, who suffered injuries

Police managed to rescue Pitt’s partner Katherine Moore, pictured, who suffered injuries

He then locked the front door, trapping them inside the flat.

Firearms officers then knocked down the door of the flat in Hibbert Street, Luton, on November 9 2016, before shooting Mr Pitt.

Neil Chapel, the 999 call handler who spoke to Ms Moore, told the inquest at The Court House in Ampthill that Mr Pitt shouted ‘she’s my lover, I will kill her’.

‘He sounded out of control and extremely aggressive,’ he added.

When Ms Moore first called police, she told them her boyfriend was on a trip to the town centre that would take about half an hour.

‘He has already said that if you call the police he is going to put me in a headlock,’ she said on the phone during the 999 call, which was played in court.

After being advised to barricade herself in to one room of the house, she said: ‘I can’t block the door, he is too strong for me.’

Josh Pitt, pictured, died after he was shot by police during a standoff in Luton on November 9, 2016 where he was threatening to kill his partner Katherine Moore

Josh Pitt, pictured, died after he was shot by police during a standoff in Luton on November 9, 2016 where he was threatening to kill his partner Katherine Moore

Josh Pitt, pictured, died after he was shot by police during a standoff in Luton on November 9, 2016 where he was threatening to kill his partner Katherine Moore

She added that she wanted to jump out the window of the first floor flat to escape, saying: ‘I just want to get away.’

Ms Moore, who had called police on a phone the couple shared, said she had been attacked by Mr Pitt on the day of the call, and the previous night.

Tasers were used by the officers attempting to restrain Mr Pitt, and a bullet was then shot into his chest from close range, the inquest heard.

Firearms officers Police Constable Stuart Thompson and Police Constable Matt Edwards were on the scene.

Police Constable Rebecca Goodman said she was at the scene before Mr Pitt returned home, but could not enter the flat without the firearms officers.

She said in a statement read out at the inquest that she saw a man entering the building and wondered if it was Ms Moore’s partner.

She said: ‘I recall wondering if this male was Katherine’s partner.’

Despite Ms Moore providing a description of what her boyfriend looked like and was wearing that day to the 999 call operator, Pc Goodman said she was not aware of the information at the time.

Her statement said that Ms Moore emerged from the flat with injuries.

She added: ‘I do not think Katherine saw Josh get shot.’

The inquest continues. 

Ms Moore, pictured, warned police what she was afraid of her boyfriend 

Ms Moore, pictured, warned police what she was afraid of her boyfriend 

Ms Moore, pictured, warned police what she was afraid of her boyfriend 

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