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The official police watchdog has ruled that there is no need for an external investigation into the death of gunman Peter Reeve.
The death of Mr Reeve, whose body was found in Writtle this morning, was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
But the IPCC has ruled that as no police officers were present at the time Mr Reeve died, and there had been no police contact with him since Monday's shooting in Clacton, there was no need for an external inquiry.
In a statement released by Essex Police, PC Ian Dibell's family said they were immensely proud of him and of the courage he showed.
"We take some comfort from his bravery. Policing was in his blood and Ian selflessly went to the aid of people in desperate need, without fear or thought for his own safety. It was who he was - a hero.
"He has paid for the act in the most devastating way. He will be deeply missed. No words can describe the loss. He was very much loved by his family."
Essex Police announce that the body of Peter Reeve, 64, the main suspect in a double shooting in Clacton on Monday night, has been found in a churchyard in Writtle, near Chelmsford.
It's believed off-duty police officer, Ian Dibell, was shot dead as he intervened in a dispute in Redbridge Road.
A second man was injured.
A police cordon remains in place in Clacton following a double shooting.
It's believed off-duty police office, Ian Dibell, was shot dead in Redbridge Road as he intervened in a dispute on Monday afternoon.
A second man was shot and suffered leg injuries.
Police launched a manhunt involving hundreds of officers, vowing "not to rest" until they found suspected gunman Peter Reeve, 64.
His body was later found in a churchyard in Writtle, near Chelmsford.
Essex Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said: "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."
Police have confirmed that the man they were hunting in connection with the shooting of an off-duty policeman in Clacton has been found dead in Writtle, Essex.
Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said Peter Reeve was found dead in Writtle churchyard near Chelmsford.
He had a weapon with him. No police shots were fired.
Police hunting the gunman who shot PC Ian Dibell have sealed off the centre of Writtle near Chelmsford. A body believed to be Peter Reeve's has been found near All Saints' church. Officers are searching the scene.
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Detectives trying to reconstruct the last moments of a gunman who killed an Essex police officer have issued an appeal for information.
A special church service has been held in Clacton today- to help people in the community affected by the murder of PC Ian Dibell.