Lately though friends had been concerned about David's state of mind and well being. Today, March 1, 2012, the news broke that David has been found dead at his home in Northumberland. Police were called to his home yesterday evening. The police are not looking for any person in connection with David's death.
David had struggled to resume his life after being blinded by Moat. Last Summer he and his wife separated after reports of violence at his home.On the day in question he had visited the hospital to have more lead pellets removed from his face.
People in the UK were continually amazed by David's charitable work, in aid of oother officers who had suffered terrible injuries, and his bravery. Family members had become concerned about David lately though and it is generally believed that he was suffering from PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. Did he receive enough support and care?
Tributes have been pouring in for David today including ones from police officials and UK PM David Cameron. David fought bravely to rebuild his life but it was not to be. Murderer Raul Moat in some ways become a hero after his dastardly deeds. Misplaced heroism would not have helped David to cope.
In March of 2011 David was even taunted by one Kelsey Donkin. As he was walking into court to face the trial of Moat's accomplices she showed off in front of friends. She loudly proclaimed, Bang Bang, whilst making shotgun gestures at David. He was understandably upset having to leave the court due to the affect this had on him. Donkin went before a court for her actions. In the end she was fined and received a 12-month supervision order. She reportedly realised that her actions were wrong and had written to David to apologise.
PC Rathband faced "black" every morning as he had no sight at all. It was reported that attempts to restore any sight had failed.
Early reports indicate that David committed suicide.
RIP to a hero and condolences to the family