Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Second unarmed Manchester police officer dies after 'tragic' shooting during 'one-eyed fugitive' Dale Cregan capture

Second unarmed Manchester police officer dies after 'tragic' shooting during 'one-eyed fugitive' Dale Cregan capture

By Dean Wilkins

A second police officer shot during the capture of Manchester's most-wanted man Dale Cregan died in hospital today.

Cregan was arrested after he handed himself following an armed police car chase in Hattersly, Tameside, at 11am this morning.

And two unarmed female officers – who attended a ‘routine incident’ at a home in Hyde – were injured when ‘at least ten shots’ were fired.

One of the wounded officers was killed at the scene and a second, who was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital, tragically died less than two hours after the incident.

Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a second police officer following an incident in Tameside this morning.

"A long and dark shadow has been cast across Greater Manchester and my thoughts are with the officers' family, friends and colleagues.

"We will be doing everything we can to support them over the coming days and weeks."

DARK SHADOW: Assistant chief constable Shewan speaks of 'tragic' day for GMP

Armed police surrounded Cregan after he walked into a Hyde police station and used tear gas to floor him, they then bagged his head and handcuffed him while helicopters and emergency were on standby.

One source told MM the gunman was being chased in his BMW by armed police when he threw a grenade out of his car.

Assistant chief constable Shewan added: "It is a tragic day for GMP and we are working hard to piece together exactly what happened.

“The Tameside community will be fearful on top of everything that has happened in recent weeks and I want to reassure people that we have armed police patrolling the area as investigations continue.”

Bomb squads are allegedly checking the gunman's vehicle for more grenades.

The six-week hunt cost £150,000 per day and the President of the Association Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde said: "Whenever police officers and staff lose a colleague that loss is felt right across the police family.

"The thoughts of everyone in policing are with colleagues in Greater Manchester Police, family and friends of the two officers at this time."

Prime Minister David Cameron said the killings are ‘a shocking reminder of the debt we owe to those who put themselves in danger to keep us safe and secure’.

Theresa May, Home Secretary, said: “This is a deeply shocking incident and a terrible reminder of the risks that police officers face every day to keep our communities safe.”

A £50,000 reward was offered for information that led to the arrest of Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson.

Cregan was allegedly staying at a home in Tameside that had been empty for 'about six months'.

Roads nearby to the incident, and surrounding estate, have been sealed off as the operation is underway.

Forensic investigators and a bomb disposale squad have joined officers at the property as a large area around the estate is cordoned off.

The body of David Short, 46, the father of Mark Short who was gunned down in a pub shooting in May, was found at a house on Folkestone Road East in Clayton after police were called there following reports of gunshots and a grenade explosion.

Less than ten minutes later, there was another grenade explosion outside a house on Luke Road, Droylsden, but no-one was injured during this incident.

Four men have been charged in connection with David Short’s murder and are due to enter pleas at Manchester Crown Court in November.

Earlier this month, Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Droylsden, also appeared at Manchester Crown Court charged with the gun and grenade murder of David Short.

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Former NBA star and Manchester sporting hero John Amaechi said: “To all of you who proudly believe this ‘no snitching’ bull***t. Murders like these in Tameside are your legacy, the product of your hubris.”

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