The bravery of former Essex Police officer Pc Ian Dibell was recognised today at an inquest hearing into his death held at Chelmsford Crown Court.
The coroner returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
Colleagues from across the force paused to reflect on the death of a friend and colleague who paid the ultimate price for his courageous intervention against gunman Peter Reeve on July 9 last year.
"The incident in Clacton last July is a reminder to us all that it is not the uniform that makes a police officer, it is the instinctive sense to do the right thing regardless of the circumstances you are faced with. During what was clearly a fast-moving and dramatic situation, Ian quickly assessed what needed to be done and tackled Peter Reeve; sustaining a fatal injury in the process."We remain deeply proud of Ian and the sacrifice he made for the safety of others. He had an incredible devotion to his community and Essex Police and his actions will never be forgotten.”
"Ian Dibell died trying to protect the community he served proudly as an Essex Police officer. Even though he was off duty he acted with bravery and selflessness, attempting to calm a dangerous situation."
A coroner's recorded a verdict of unlawfully killing after an off-duty police officer was shot.
An inquest is taking place into the death of an off-duty police officer killed when he went to help a member of the public near his home.