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Tragic Pc told police he was 'OK'
Pc David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, told police he was "OK" just days before being found dead at his home in a suspected suicide.
Concerns about his well-being 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 at his home in Blyth, Northumberland. The officer, who was praised by 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 Rothbury, Northumberland.
The traffic officer, who was father to teenage children Ashley and Mia, had been in Australia visiting his brother and family. His twin Darren is travelling to the UK to be with the family.
Northumbria Chief Constable Sue Sim said every support had been given to the tragic Pc. She said: "We were working with David from the time this tragic incident happened when his life was changed forever. And he has been struggling to come to terms with the impact of that.
"My heartfelt sympathies go to Kath and the children and all David's family and colleagues, friends and the communities of Northumbria who have lost a very fine police officer."
Mr Cameron led tributes to Pc Rathband, saying: "I met David, he was an extraordinarily brave man, and after his horrific injuries he did an enormous amount for charities and for other injured police officers, and for families who had lost police officers in the line of duty."