British fugitive Raoul Moat appeared to have been chased through Rothbury town and was heading east before being cornered by police at the primary school tennis courts and bowling green, according to an eye-witness.
Retired taxi driver Dave Murray, 67, of Knocklaw, said: “There is nowhere for him to go, the river is on one side and this road and all the police on the other.
“They should go ahead and shoot him and be done with it and save us all a lot of money.”
Officers surrounded the riverside area of Rothbury in Northumberland amid eyewitness accounts that Britain’s most wanted man was holding a gun to his head.
The 37-year-old is wanted in connection with a triple shooting which left one man dead a week ago.