Police worker shot during safety demonstration settles claim against Thames Valley Police for six figure sum
Keith Tilbury, a police civilian worker shot by a police officer during a safety demonstration, has recovered a six figure sum by way of compensation. The payment follows an admission of liability for the incident by Thames Valley Police.
In May 2007 Mr Tilbury, a 56 year old 999 control room operator from Walton on Thames, was attending a lecture given by a police firearms training officer who was demonstrating a Dan Wesson .44 Magnum Revolver as part of a talk on the weapons police officers can come up against. He had taken ammunition from a sweet tin, believing it to be an inert round. He pointed the revolver at Mr Tilbury and pulled the trigger. In fact, the ammunition was live and Mr Tilbury suffered life threatening bullet wounds.
Paramedics managed to stabilise Mr Tilbury at the scene and then rushed him to the John Radcliffe Hospital. He suffered major internal injuries and massive blood loss and underwent life saving surgery. He was unconscious in intensive care for two weeks and had a series of operations.
Mr Tilbury has been left with physical injuries and psychological trauma and has not been able to return to work since the accident. He instructed Jill Greenfield, personal injury partner at law firm Fieldfisher, in a civil claim against Thames Valley Police. The claim was settled out of court and Mr Tilbury was awarded compensation for his injuries.
Jill Greenfield said: “This was an appalling accident. My client was shot at point blank range whilst attending what should have been a routine demonstration. Whilst money in itself cannot compensate for what my client has gone through I would hope that it will help with the financial burden, given his inability to work.”
Keith Tilbury said: “In May 2007, during a training class for 999 call operators, the firearms training officer took a revolver, loaded it and fired it, almost killing me, causing major injuries and certainly putting an end to my career. I am pleased that Thames Valley police have acknowledged that mistakes were made and that I have been awarded compensation that will help me to deal with the injuries I have suffered and pay for any future treatment that I may need.”
For more information, please contact Jill Greenfield on 020 7861 4557.
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