Police Officer dead - Clacton shooting

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An off-duty police officer has been shot dead and another man injured in an Essex seaside town.

Police were called at about 15:30 BST after gunfire was heard near Redbridge Road in Clacton-on-Sea.

Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said PC Ian Dibell had "demonstrated remarkable courage and bravery".

Officers are hunting Peter Reeve, 64, over the shooting. They said he was dangerous and should not be approached.

Armed officers are searching the town and residents have been advised to remain indoors.

Mr Reeve, who is believed to be armed, is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall with short, greyish hair, wearing jeans and possibly with glasses. He comes from the Clacton area.

'Sad day'
Mr McKeever said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague who has been killed in Essex. It's a very sad day indeed."

Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, said PC Dibell was a "dedicated professional officer who, even though off duty, has paid the ultimate sacrifice for his bravery and selfless actions in trying to protect his local community".

A white tent has been erected in front of a house at the scene and more than 13 police vehicles are parked nearby, including a van full of armed officers.

A group of 20 neighbours were led away from nearby houses by forensic officers and gave their details before leaving the scene.

A police spokesman said they were confident of catching the gunman after receiving many calls from the public.

He also said when police arrived they found one man dead and another man with serious leg injuries lying in the street.A BBC Essex reporter said it was a quiet residential area in a "well-to-do" part of Clacton.

A 45-year-old woman, who lives yards from the scene, said: "I heard a lot of commotion at about 3.40 near to flats at the end of the street.

"I didn't know what was going on. There's still a lot of commotion in the street. I saw a man running up the road.

"I don't know anyone involved in what's happened. The whole road has been cordoned off. My husband isn't being allowed back to our house."

'Stay inside'
Patrick Mooney, 83, returned from a shopping trip at about 16:00 to find police in his street.


"I was escorted back to my house by police and told 'stay inside'," he said.

"I didn't ask what was going on and they didn't tell me."

Hazel Field, 75, who lives in Redbridge Road, said she heard a number of gunshots.

"I was in the garden at the time and heard a gunshot, followed by a woman's scream," she said.

"Then I heard another gunshot, followed by about five more."

Another woman added: "We were standing outside and heard what we thought was a dog howling and then we realised it was a woman screaming.

"We heard a man shouting and then there was another series of gunshots before it went quiet.

"It must have been about 10 to 15 minutes later that we heard police sirens."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-18774958

The gunman is apparently still on the loose. Very worrying situation.
 
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RIP thoughts with the constable's family, friends and colleges, some of whom are risking their own lives to find the killer.

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RIP thoughts with the constable's family, friends and colleges, some of whom are risking their own lives to find the killer.

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I fully echo what you've said, Not just is it a very worrying time for Essex Police and the town of Clacton, but also a very sad day for the family and friends of PC Ian Dibell, His SNT team and his community in which he served, and for Essex Police as a whole. Thoughts to all, RIP mate, rip.
 

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Police have just announced that the 62-year old man they have been seeking has been found dead with a gunshot wound as being the cause of death, with a weapon being found at the scene.

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Police later confirmed that the dead man had no license for the weapon that was used.
 
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Police have just announced that the 62-year old man they have been seeking has been found dead with a gunshot wound as being the cause of death, with a weapon being found at the scene.

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Police later confirmed that the dead man had no license for the weapon that was used.
I guess, it will be of some comfort, to the officer's colleagues, friends and family, that the suspect is dead. A tragedy for everyone involved. I'm reminded of the remark made by a police officer acquaintance: " A police officer is never off duty". When asked what he meant by this he replied: " You never know what might happen, when you're out walking the dog, taking the children to the park or shopping." A sobering thought.
 
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Stephen55a1960:1145791 said:
I guess, it will be of some comfort, to the officer's colleagues, friends and family, that the suspect is dead.
Maybe. But from my point of veiw of more comfort would be catching the guy and making him face justice. A corpse can't explain why he did what he did.
RIP to the constable involved, thoughts with his family, it must be awful for them knowing that he wasnt on duty but as has been said a police officer is never off duty.
 

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Maybe. But of more comfort from my point of veiw of more comfort would be catching the guy and making him face justice. A corpse can't explain why he did what he did.
RIP to the constable involved, thoughts with his family, it must be awful for them knowing that he wasnt on duty but as has been said a police officer is never off duty.

I have considerable experience in this field and I will tell you that the vast majority of Police Officers will be very satisfied with the ultimate outcome.

The reasoning being the complete inability of the justice system to deliver suitable punishments for the vast majority of crimes.
 

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I respect your experience and I can see why some officers would see this as a good outcome, as the gunman will now not repeat his actions. However by not faceing justice however soft he has denied the family of this poor officer the chance to hear the gunmans explanation for his actions. I agree that justice in this country is soft and that prison is no longer a deterrant to crime. In my opinion (and this is only my opinion) situations like this provide a convincing argument for re -instating capital punishment (but that is another debate for another day)
 
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