Political unity after police shooting in NI

February 24, 2023


Political leaders are to meet with the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable following the shooting of an officer.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell is critically ill after being shot a number of times by four masked men at a sports centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Wednesday night.

The officer has suffered serious injuries, said the Police Federation which represents rank and file officers.

Four men have been arrested and all are in custody.


The leaders of the five main parties at Stormont will meet PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne at police headquarters in Belfast today amid concerns of an escalation in violence.

The parties have issued a joint statement as a show of unity against those responsible.

The gunmen shot Mr Caldwell in front of his young son, who was playing football.

The officer ran but fell to the ground where the attackers continued to fire at him as children ran in terror to get to safety, police said.

The splinter republican group the, New IRA, is the “primary focus” of the PSNI’s attempted murder probe.

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