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Video: Gun victim policeman was 'okay' days before his death

The British policeman who was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, told police he was "okay" just days before being found dead at his home in a suspected suicide.

Concerns about the well-being of David Rathband were raised by Twitter users who contacted police following comments he made on the social networking site.

He was reported to have tweeted "RIP PC Rathband" and that he had "lost my sight, my job, my wife and my marriage" and would "say goodbye to my children".

But the father of two, who was due to return to work with the Northumbria force in April, assured officers he was all right and said he was looking forward to returning to work. He said the tweets were posted by someone else.

Police are not looking for anyone in connection with his death after his body was discovered on Wednesday night at his home in Blyth, Northumberland.

The officer, who was praised yesterday by British Prime Minister David Cameron as "extraordinarily brave", was blasted twice in the face by Moat as he sat unarmed in his patrol car in July 2010.

Former bouncer Moat was the subject of a huge manhunt in July 2010 as he evaded capture for a week before shooting himself dead after a stand-off with police in Northumberland.

Irish Independent