Fatal shooting of serving police officer - Chief Constable pays tribute
The Chief Constable of Essex Police has paid tribute to the
serving police officer who died after being shot in Clacton,
describing him as an 'extraordinary man doing an extraordinary
Above: Pc Ian Dibell
Pc Ian Dibell, 41, was shot after he was believed to have
intervened in a disagreement between two men just off of Redbridge
Road on Monday, July 9, 2012.
Police were contacted shortly after 3.40pm following reports of
a man with a handgun seen shooting at another man. They arrived and
found a man with serious leg injuries and Pc Dibell who was
sadly declared dead at the scene.
Pc Dibell, a neighbourhood officer in Clacton, had been off
duty when he is believed to have challenged the man with the
Essex Police launched a search for Peter Reeve, a 64-year-old man
from Clacton, in connection with the murder.
Specialist officers had
been searching throughout the night when Peter Reeve's body was
found in a churchyard in Writtle on the morning of Tuesday, July
Peter Reeve was found with a weapon and wounds to the head
following a call to police just after 8.35am. No shots were fired
by police and the body has now been recovered.
Above: Peter Reeve
Detectives are now interviewing witnesses and gathering
information about the full circumstances leading to the death of Pc
Dibell and Peter Reeve.
Chief Constable of Essex Police Jim Barker-McCardle visited Pc
Dibell's family on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 and has now
paid tribute to the brave officer.
He said: "I have visited Pc Ian Dibell’s family and loved ones to
personally offer them my condolences and express the support of
everyone at Essex Police during this very difficult time.
"Since Ian’s murder, we have heard from fellow officers and
staff how loved and respected our fallen colleague was. He was
personable, charming, always immaculately dressed, and very popular
with his colleagues.
"Ian was a very
experienced and highly regarded neighbourhood policing officer well
known in the Clacton community that he had served since 2009.
For the eight years prior to this, Ian had worked as both a
Neighbourhood and Response officer based in Colchester.
"Ian was an extraordinary man doing an extraordinary job. He was
proud of his family’s police service, proud to be an Essex Police
officer and proud to serve the community in which he lived.
"Ian’s tragic death
reminds us all that it’s not the uniform that makes a police
officer but the instinctive, brave and selfless help to others. I
have no doubt that Ian knew of the danger he was facing when he
stepped in to protect a member of the public whilst off duty and
without any thought for his own safety. He had an incredible
devotion to his community – a devotion which led to his paying the
"We have received so many messages of condolence and support
from across the country. I have passed these on to Ian’s
family, whose sense of loss is beyond description.
"Essex Police is a family and we are all hurting and
grieving. This tragedy is a stark and profound reminder that
ultimately officers give their lives in the service of
The family of Pc Dibell has also paid tribute to him. They said:
"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."
The second man injured in the shooting was taken to Colchester
General Hospital with injuries to his leg. He has since been
You can leave your tributes to Pc Ian Dibell in our online book of condolence.