Man wanted for murder of police officer is found dead in Essex

PC Ian Dibbell Photo: Essex Police

A man wanted for murder after a police officer was killed has been found dead in a churchyard.

Pc Ian Dibell was shot dead last night and a member of the public suffered leg injuries after Peter Reeve, 64, ran amok in a residential street in the seaside town of Clacton, Essex.

Police launched a manhunt involving hundreds of officers, vowing "not to rest" until they found Reeve.

A forensic officer works in a cordon in the churchyard at All Saints Church in Writtle Credit: ITV News

Detectives from Essex Police launched a round-the-clock search involving armed response units and scores of officers after Pc Dibell, 41, was shot in Redbridge Road at around 3.40pm yesterday.

Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle described Pc Dibell as a "brave, respected and experienced neighbourhood officer" and said early indications were that he lost his life after deliberately intervening in an "extremely deadly situation".

He would not reveal the fine details of the altercation, but reports suggest the off-duty officer had challenged the gunman who was chasing a man and woman along Redbridge Road, where it is believed the dead policeman lived.

Speaking about Pc Dibell at the force's Chelmsford headquarters yesterday, the chief constable said: "This officer is a highly regarded and much loved colleague who has been a important part of Essex Police for 10 years."

The other man injured in the attack is receiving hospital treatment for gunshot wounds to the leg.