30/01/2017

Rifle Used In Shooting May Have Been Used Before To Attack Police

The PSNI believe the AK-type assault rifle used in a shooting in north Belfast had been used before to attack police.

An officer was shot at a petrol station on the Crumlin Road at around 7.30pm on Sunday, 22 January.

Detectives have revisited the scene to prompt recollections of local people about what happened.

Police are appealing for information about a dark red Audi A4 Estate car, registration number KNZ 2862, which they believe was used by those involved to leave the scene following the shooting.

They parked an identical car in Flax Street during the hour-long re-visit.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "The investigation into the shooting of a community police officer in North Belfast last week is progressing however I'm still keen to trace the movements of this dark red Audi.
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"We know it was parked in Flax Street at 7.02 pm last Sunday night and it left the street just after 7.30pm and was driven through the Oldpark area before being burnt out around 8pm in Culmore Gardens in West Belfast.

"I am particularly interested in its movements during January in West and North Belfast."

Large posters of the dark Red Audi were also displayed at the scene on a police trailer and on the side of a police Land Rover.

Detective Geddes continued: "The people involved in this cowardly attack were completely reckless in their actions. They had absolutely no regard for the people in this community who were going about their lives last Sunday night. This is a small, misguided group of people who are intent on causing murder and mayhem."

"The community police officer who sustained two bullet wounds to his arm has undergone surgery and is recovering from his ordeal.

"I would ask anyone with information to phone 101 or if you would prefer to remain anonymous contact independent charity Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111."

(CD/LM)

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