Police Killer Suspect Found Dead In Graveyard
|The man suspected of fatally shooting a policeman has been found dead in a churchyard, it has been confirmed.
Off-duty PC Ian Dibell, 41, was shot dead in Clacton-on-Sea on Monday afternoon.
Following a manhunt police have now confirmed that Peter Reeve, 64, suspected of murdering PC Dibell, was found dead with a handgun and a head wound in the churchyard at Writtle, near Chelmsford.
A member of the public alerted police to the churchyard on Tuesday morning.
Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said police had fired no shots.
The manhunt for Mr Reeve, which involved hundreds of officers, started on Monday afternoon after police found the body of PC Dibell and a second man with leg injuries.
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It is understood the policeman, who lived near the Redbridge Road crime scene, had intervened in a dispute when he was shot.
Mr Barker-McCardle said PC Dibell had "paid the ultimate price" by placing himself in the line of fire while off duty.
A statement from PC Dibell's family said they were "devastated" adding: "We are immensely proud of Ian and the courage he showed.
"We take some comfort from his bravery. Policing was in his blood and Ian selflessly went to the aid of people in desperate need without fear or thought for his own safety.
"It was he who was a hero. He has paid for the act in the most devastating way. He will be deeply missed and no words can describe the loss."
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