Sunday 18 February 2018

Manhunt under way as off-duty officer is shot dead

A manhunt is under way in Britain after a man, believed to be an off-duty police officer, was shot dead.

Essex Police said they were hunting a gunman after a double shooting in Clacton, at 3.30pm yesterday.

One man was killed and another injured.

Police refused to comment on the identities of the victims, but the dead man is understood to be a police sergeant in his 40s.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Residents are being urged to remain indoors while armed officers locate the gunman.

"Neighbourhood policing officers are maintaining a high-profile and visible presence in the community, supporting victims and witnesses.

"Members of the public are urged to contact police on 999 if they see the gunman, who should not be approached."

Injuries

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "Sadly, on our arrival, a man was pronounced dead at the scene and a man has been taken to hospital with minor injuries."

Essex Police said the force had received "many phone calls" from members of the public and officers were confident of catching the gunman.

Teams of armed officers were spreading out across the town and a police helicopter has been deployed.

Armed police entered a property in nearby Havering Close shortly before 7.30pm. Dog units were on standby.

Ashley Jones (41), owner of nearby tanning and beauty salon Ultra-Violet, said: "There's a lot of police activity and the helicopter is up.

"People are still turning up for their sunbeds but I think we might shut a bit early -- we're normally open till 10."

He added: "I've been here for 18 years and it's not a bad place but it's definitely got worse over the last two years."

Irish Independent

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