Man arrested in investigation into attempted murder of DCI John Caldwell

Man Arrested In Investigation Into Attempted Murder Of Dci John Caldwell
The 44-year-old was arrested in the Dungannon area on Thursday. Photo: PA Images
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Rebecca Black, PA

A 44-year-old man has been arrested by detectives in the North investigating the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell.

The senior officer was seriously injured in a shooting in Co Tyrone last year.


On Thursday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said they arrested the man in the Dungannon area under the Terrorism Act.

He has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite in Belfast for questioning.

A PSNI spokesperson said a property was also searched and a number of items have been taken away for further examination.


Mr Caldwell was shot several times in front of his son at a sports complex in Omagh, Co Tyrone, in February.

The detective, who had investigated a number of high-profile murder cases, spent several weeks in intensive care.

Police officer shot in Omagh
Forensic officers at the sports complex in the Killyclogher Road area of Omagh where off-duty Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell was shot last February (Liam McBurney/PA)


A typed message, purportedly from the New IRA, was posted on a wall in Londonderry and said the group was responsible for the shooting.

Police have said the New IRA is the main line of inquiry in the investigation.

A number of people have previously appeared in court charged in connection with Mr Caldwell’s attempted murder and on charges around the claim of responsibility.

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