The death of the man suspected of shooting dead PC Ian Dibell in Clacton on Monday does not mean an end to the police investigation into his murder.
Peter Reeve was found shot dead in a graveyard in Writtle in Essex this morning. He had died from a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun - believed to be the same one used to murder PC Dibell - was found by his body.
The Chief Constable of Essex, Jim Barker-McCardle, said it was vital that investigations continued to establish what led to the double shootings. He urged witnesses to come forward.
Pc Dibell, who was off duty at the time, was killed as he tried to intervene in a dispute between Mr Reeve in a street in Clacton near where all the men lived.
He has been described as a hero by colleagues. Another man, named locally as Trevor Marshall, 48, is in hospital with leg injuries.
Mr Barker-McCardle said officers were following a number of lines of inquiry as to the motive for the attack. Neighbours suggested there may have been a dispute over car-parking which spiralled out of control.
Mr Barker-McCardle said PC Dibell, who lived near the crime scene in Redbridge Road in Clacton, had "paid the ultimate price" after stepping in to protect a member of the public while off duty.
He added: "I can confirm Peter Reeve, the man wanted for the murder of a serving police officer, was found dead, with a weapon, in a Writtle churchyard and no shots were fired by the police."
Mr Reeve is understood to have had several family members living near the churchyard and some residents said he may have had a relative buried there.