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Fourth man (22) arrested in murder attempt of serving police officer

DCI John Caldwell

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the attempted murder Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell.

The man, aged 22, was arrested in the Coalisland area.

The off-duty senior police officer was shot as he placed footballs in the boot of his car, was accompanied by his young son.

DCI John Caldwell was initially the lead detective investigating the murder of Lurgan mum-to-be Natalie McNally in the lead up to Christmas.

He is also the lead the detective in the murder of Shane Whitla in Lurgan.

The attack happened in Omagh, where DCI Caldwell returned to his car at a sports complex on the Killyclogher Road, on Wednesday evening at approximately 8pm.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Detectives investigating the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team on Wednesday 22nd February at the Killyclogher Road area of Omagh have this morning, Friday 24th February, made a fourth arrest.

‘The man, aged 22 years old was arrested in the Coalisland area under the Terrorism Act and is currently being questioned by detectives in Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.”

This follows the arrest of three men yesterday (Thursday) aged 38, 45 and 47 years old also arrested in connection with the attempted murder remain in police custody at this time.

Read more: Three arrested following Omagh officer shooting as police launch witness appeal

Detective involved in Natalie McNally and Shane Whitla murder investigations shot in Omagh

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