Friday 20 October 2017

Suspected police killer found dead at church

Police forensics at the scene outside a church in Writtle, Essex, after a man wanted for the murder of a police officer was found dead. Photo: PA
Police forensics at the scene outside a church in Writtle, Essex, after a man wanted for the murder of a police officer was found dead. Photo: PA
Peter Reeve, who was found dead in a churchyard
Pc Ian Dibell was shot dead in Clacton, Essex

Ben Kendall in London

Detectives have stressed a "live murder inquiry" will continue after a man wanted for murdering a police officer was found dead in a churchyard.

Essex Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said it was vital investigations continued to establish what led to the double shootings which left Pc Ian Dibell dead and another man injured.

The force is urging witnesses to come forward.

He was speaking after Peter Reeve (64) was found dead in a churchyard in the village of Writtle near Chelmsford. Mr Reeve is believed to have shot himself.

The force had launched a major manhunt and warned residents to stay indoors after Mr Reeve ran amok in a residential street in the seaside town of Clacton, Essex on Monday. Pc Ian Dibell was killed as he tried to intervene.

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