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Timeline: Mark Saunders gun siege death

A look at the events leading up to the fatal shooting of barrister Mark Saunders following a five-hour armed stand off with police in west London on 6 May 2008.

0645 BST

Mr Saunders and his wife Elizabeth drive from their Chelsea home to their Queen Elizabeth Building chambers in Temple. Their conversation is "happy and positive" and includes plans for a holiday to India in December.

0840 BST

The barrister returns home and picks up his mother-in-law, Margaret Clarke, with whom he had spent the weekend, at King's Cross station at 1030. He is his "usual cheerful self".

1100 BST

Mr Saunders texts his wife to say he is home and later rings a firm of solicitors in Lincoln.

1330 BST

His movements become unclear, but phone analysis shows he is in the Kensington area and has telephoned escort agencies.

1610 BST

Mr Saunders gets into David Hay's taxi in Cromwell Road and makes a series of bizarre phone calls. When he gets out about 20 minutes later he tells the driver: "I'm going to die."

Marksmen 'feared suicide by cop'

1610 BST

Mr Saunders rings his friend and fellow barrister Michael Bradley and, during the call, fires a gunshot. He then speaks to Ivor Treherne, the senior clerk at his chambers, and fires the gun again as police arrive.

'No discussion' over shot lawyer

1640 BST

Armed police surround Mr Saunders' home at 46 Markham Square as cordons are erected, business premises commandeered and specialist officers drafted in from across London.

1857 BST

Senior negotiator Supt John Sutherland starts to call Mr Saunders' mobile and landline. Their discussions are constantly interrupted as the now drunk gunman complains he cannot hear.

1923 BST

Mr Saunders is filmed leaning on his closed fourth-floor kitchen window as he tells negotiators he is scared of police, is "terrible with booze" and may soon die. He asks to speak to his wife.

Shot lawyer 'asked for his wife'

1951 BST

Mr Saunders holds the first of several hand-written notes to his window. He later calls 999 and asks to speak to a "hostage negotiator".

2055 BST

The barrister becomes more incoherent, saying he will be "gunned down" before falling down the stairs as music blares in the background.

2109 BST

Mr Saunders blasts his shotgun through a window. Two officers return fire. No one is injured. About 90 seconds earlier a bright police spotlight is switched on. Before shooting, the barrister told a negotiator he needed to "blow off some steam".

Marksmen 'feared suicide by cop'

2120 BST

Mr Saunders opens the smashed kitchen window and leans out. He sits on the ledge, holding a telephone handset in one hand. He leans backwards and looks upwards.

Film of gun siege lawyer released

2126 BST

The barrister can be heard groaning and shouting he cannot hear police as he leans from the window. He is holding a shotgun in the hand left trailing inside.

2131 BST

Mr Saunders begins waving the shotgun out of the window, with the barrel pointing towards the sky. A police officer can be heard shouting "put the gun down" through a loud hailer.

2132 BST

The gunman slowly lowers the gun from vertical to horizontal. He is shot dead as it aligns with police marksmen on surrounding buildings.

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