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Wiltshire Police name deceased former inspector

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that the body of a former inspector with the force was discovered at a property in Devizes.

Concerned neighbours raised the alarm after hearing gun shots at the house on Saturday morning.

On arrival the bodies of a man and a woman were found who appear to have sustained gunshot wounds.The Major Crime Investigation Team are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of their deaths.

The deceased man has been formally identified as William Harold Dowling (known as Bill) aged 59 from Moonraker Estate, Devizes. Bill was an ex Wiltshire Police Inspector who retired from the force in January 2007.

The families continue to receive support from our specialist officers and ask that media respect their privacy. Our thoughts are with the families at this very sad time.

– Wiltshire Police statement

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Forensic search of former policeman's home

A police officer stands guard outside the property where the two bodies were discovered Credit: Ryan Hooper/PA Wire

Forensic officers are conducting a search of a property in Devizes, Wiltshire where the bodies of a former policeman and his partner were discovered yesterday.

A police spokesperson said they hoped to release the identities of the deceased later this afternoon.