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UPDATE: Gunman on run after off-duty policeman shot dead in Clacton
11:20pm Monday 9th July 2012 in News
Man shot dead in Clacton
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POLICE have confirmed a man has been killed and another man seriously injured in a double shooting in Great Clacton.
Officers were called to the scene shortly after 3.30pm on Monday following reports of gunshots in Fairlop Close.
Speaking at a press conference chief constable Jim Barker-McCardle said: "A number of calls to police were received around 3.40 p.m. on Monday and all reported similar events – a man with a handgun seen shooting at another man in the area of Redbridge Road, Clacton-on-Sea.
"The victim, Constable Ian Dibell, an off-duty serving Essex Police officer aged 41, is understood to have intervened and challenged Peter Reeve, who then shot the officer.
"The officer received fatal wounds and was certified dead at the scene. Specially trained officers are currently with the officer’s family."
Armed response vehicles were deployed to the area and began a search for Peter Reeve. Local officers were also deployed to protect the public. A strong Police presence remains on the streets.
A second man was injured during the incident, taken from the scene and conveyed to hospital. He has leg injuries which are not life threatening.
Mr Barker-McCardle said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our incredibly brave and fallen colleague. "Policing is a family and we are all hurting. "We will not rest until the killer is found."
The vehicle used by the suspect Peter Reeve has been found abandoned at the junction of Epping Close and Jubilee Avenue but he remains outstanding.
Peter Reeve is described as 64 years of age and described as a white man with grey hair and of stocky build. Although the incident took plact in Clacton he is also known to frequent the Chelmsford area.
Armed police are currently at the scene.
Residents are being urged to stay indoors while a manhunt is launched.
A witness said: "One guy was laying dead on the path and another has been wounded.
"There are ambulances, police and a couple of policemen with guns and flack jackets."
Police say the gunman should not be approached.
A police spokesman said: "Residents are being urged to remain indoors while armed officers locate the gunman.
"Neighbourhood policing officers are maintaining a high-profile and visible presence in the community, supporting victims and witnesses."
Police helicopters have joined the search for the gunman.
Anyone who sees him should call 999.
The scene of a double shooting in Clacton remains behind a police cordon.
At least eight police cars, including armed officers, are at the scene.