Monday, July 9, 2012

Peter Reeve Killed Police Officer and Injured another Man in Clacton on Sea: Police urge people to stay indoors as the Hunt for Suspect Continues

Police tonight named the man they are hunting over a double shooting which left a police officer dead and another man injured.

Essex Police named the alleged gunman as Peter Reeve, described as white, aged 64, about 5ft 10in with short greyish hair and issued a photograph of him.

A spokesman added: "He was wearing jeans and possibly with glasses. He comes from the Clacton area."

The man who died was an off-duty police officer, named locally as Pc Ian Dibell, who lived nearby.

Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, added that 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".

Police launched the manhunt after the shootings in Redbridge Road, Clacton, at 3.30pm today.

A spokesman 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." Read MoreLink