PC Briggs, Merseyside Police
An injured policeman whose wife won a legal battle to end his life support has died. Police Constable Paul Briggs, 43, suffered a brain injury in a crash on his way to work for Merseyside Police and had been in a minimally conscious state for 18 months. PC Briggs, from Wirral, suffered a bleed on the brain and five fractures in his spine in the collision and was kept alive through medical intervention.
A judge ruled in December that Gulf War veteran PC Briggs should go on to a palliative care regime at a hospice.
Lindsey Briggs told the Court of Protection her husband's treatment should be stopped "given his previously expressed wishes" and he should be allowed to die.
Doctors treating him at the Walton Centre in Liverpool opposed the application to withdraw treatment.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said:
"On behalf of PC Briggs' colleagues and friends at Merseyside Police I want to let his family know that we are all thinking of them at this tragic time.
"I have met with Paul's wife Lindsey and the last 16 months have been devastating for her and Paul's family, but they bravely fought for the Paul's right to die. Paul was a young man and his death is a tragedy, but I know that Lindsey, his daughter Ella, and his family, will find some comfort in knowing that Paul is now at peace and his wishes have been honoured.
"Paul joined Merseyside Police in 2004, following in his father's footsteps by choosing a career in policing after leaving the Army. He was first posting was in Wallasey between 2004 and 2007.
"From there Paul joined the Roads Policing Unit in 2007, where he quickly became a valued member of the team. Paul dedicated his career to protecting the public. Our thoughts and condolences are with Lindsey, Ella, his family, friends and colleagues"
The Police Roll of Honour Trust will now begin the process of recording PC Paul Briggs on the United Kingdom's Police Roll of Honour where he will be forever remembered.