Derrick Bird, the man who shot dead 12 people before turning the gun on himself in Cumbria this week, was reportedly under investigation by HMRC over £60,000 of undeclared earnings.
Bird is said to have received a tax demand in excess of £10,000. Mark Cooper, a friend of Bird, told journalists that the taxi driver was afraid of going to prison.
"All he said was that they had caught him with £60,000 in the bank," Cooper told the Telegraph. "He said, 'They have caught me with £60,000 in the bank, the tax people'. He just said, 'I'll go to jail'.
"He just asked me if he could handle jail. He didn't want to go."
A spokesman for Cumbria Police confirmed to th...