Manhunt over as body found

The body found at All Saints Church in Writtle near Chelmsford, Essex, is Peter Reeve, 64, the man suspected of shooting dead off-duty police officer Ian Dibell in Clacton-on-Sea on Monday, police said.

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Man shot in Clacton: 'Pc Dibell was a real hero'

A man who was shot during the incident which saw Pc Ian Dibell lose his life has given an interview to the The Sun.

Trevor Marshall has described Pc Dibell as 'a real hero'.

I was being chased by a man with an armed revolver and PC Dibell confronted him and took a bullet for me. I was running away.

But this off-duty police officer was walking straight into the line of fire, into the line of danger.

He is a real hero. He lost his life trying to protect us.

He paid the ultimate sacrifice to save me, just a normal bloke, a lorry driver.

– Trevor Marshall speaking to The Sun

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Essex police officer died 'while knowingly walking towards danger'

The death of our colleague in Essex is deeply sad news for the police service. Pc Ian Dibell died while knowingly walking towards danger, as police officers are called upon to do on behalf of the public they serve. The courage he showed in stepping up to do his duty, without thought for his own safety, sums up what it means to be a police officer. The thoughts of everyone in the police family are with his colleagues, family and friends at this difficult time.

– Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers

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Gunman had 'strong connection' to village

Officers were called to Writtle, near Chelmsford, at 8.45am after a member of the public reported hearing a single gunshot.

Eyewitnesses said officers sealed off the grounds of All Saints Church and turned back parents taking their children to school via the path.

At a press conference later police confirmed Reeve's death and said no shots were fired by police.

It's believed Reeve had some "strong connection" to the village and the church where he took his own life.

He was "largely unknown" to police who are investigating how he got a gun and what triggered the incident in Clacton which cost Pc Dibell his life while off duty.

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