Mother of a man shot dead by police after a stand-off at his home has said he was loved and respected by family and friends.
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The mother of a man shot dead by police after a stand-off at his home has said he was loved and respected by family and friends.
Married father-of-three Richard Davies, 41, was fatally shot at his home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, at 8pm on Wednesday.
Cambridgeshire Police had been called to the house he shared with his wife Samantha and their children in Duck Lane over concerns for people inside the property 15 minutes earlier.
Mr Davies, a hydraulic fitter, was described as a friendly family man by neighbours. It is understood he had been absent from work in recent weeks.
His mother Gill Davies wrote on Facebook: “God only knows how things came to this so to those who are speculating, please keep out of it.
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“If you do not know please don’t just make it up.
“Richard was loved and respected by a lot of people, family and friends alike.
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“He and Sam also had three wonderful children who don’t need all this nonsense.”
Mr Davies worked for mechanical engineering firm Bosch Rexroth in nearby Cromwell Road.
A spokesman said: “Bosch Rexroth is saddened by this news.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, Bosch Rexroth will make no further comment at this time.”
Residents reported hearing raised voices shortly before the police arrived.
A resident who did not want to be named said: “We had never seen any trouble at that house before - it’s not like somewhere the police are out all the time.
“But there was definitely some kind of row last night.
“We heard shouting for a few minutes then it seemed to die down.”
A forensic tent has been erected outside the terraced property and parts of the street have been cordoned off by police.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman added: “The man died at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.”
Neighbours described hearing two or three loud bangs, which they initially thought were fireworks or television sound effects.
One woman, who knew the family, said: “Our kids used to play with theirs, they were a nice family.
“There was never any trouble at that house, unlike some around here.
“They just seemed like a nice, normal family so I can’t think what happened. It’s terrible.”
Mary Bath, 65, said her husband rushed outside after hearing the commotion but police told him to go back inside for his own safety.
She added: “I knew the couple from seeing them around and they seemed nice.
“We heard the bangs and joked it sounded like gunfire. Suddenly there were police everywhere and we realised it was serious.
“It’s an awful thing to happen and we’re all very upset.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the incident.
A spokesman said the commission was contacted by Cambridgeshire Police on Wednesday night and declared an independent investigation.
He added: “The man’s next of kin have been informed of his death and the area will remain cordoned off for some time whilst IPCC investigators undertake the scene management process.
“The investigation is in the very early stages and we are unable to provide further details at this time.”