Three held in custody as two others released in Caldwell probe

DCI John Caldwell. Credit: PA

Three men remain in custody over the attempted murder of a police officer in Omagh.

A 47-year-old man and two men, aged 33 and 57 who were arrested on Wednesday, are still being questioned by detectives.

It follows the shooting on Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell at a sports complex on 22 February.

He remains in a critical but stable condition at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry.

Meanwhile, police have revisited the scene week after the attack.

Police revisit the scene of the shooting.

Earlier this week, police released CCTV footage of the car used by those behind the attack on Mr Caldwell.

The footage shows the car, which was later abandoned and burnt-out, leaving the sports complex after the shooting.

Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan said: “Today, 1 March, is one week on since this horrific attack took place.  It was last Wednesday night, around 8pm, that John was shot by two gunmen, as he packed up after coaching a youth football team."

He continued: “We will work relentlessly to bring those responsible to justice and tonight our officers have revisited the scene.

"We’ve been handing out appeal leaflets.  We’ve been speaking with pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and have carried out extensive house-to-house enquiries.

DCI Corrigan added: “John remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. The past week has been sheer torment for John’s loving family, and indeed his extensive circle of friends and colleagues".

An a reward of up to £20,000 from Crimestoppers has been offered to anyone who comes forward with information which leads to an arrest or conviction.Information, including photos, CCTV and dash cam footage, can also be provided to police through the Major Incident Public Portal at:

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To Know.