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Essex chief constable's full statement on cop murder
12:07pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 in Local news
I can confirm that Peter Reeve, the man wanted in connection with the shooting of a serving police officer, has been found this morning in Writtle, a small village just outside of Chelmsford.
Peter Reeve, the 64 year old man from Clacton was found with wounds to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. I can confirm that Reeve was found dead with a weapon in a Writtle churchyard and that no shots were fired by police.
I would like to thank all members of the public for their assistance to Essex Police throughout the night. I appreciate this operation has caused considerable inconvenience to many people, and I would like thank the public for their support during this time.
The murder investigation continues and the media are reminded that witnesses should not be approached and family members should be left to grieve.
I will be releasing a further tribute to PC Ian Dibell later today.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences remain with the family of our brave and fallen colleague.
Family Statement The family are devastated by the news. 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 who he was - a hero.
He has paid for the act in the most devastating way. He will be deeply missed. No words can describe the loss.
He was very much loved by his family.
We would like to thank Essex Police, friends and colleagues within the policing family and the public for their kind words and support.