Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Ombudsman examines CCTV of shooting of robber by off-duty police officer

A police image of fatally injured robber Marc Ringland

Police Ombudsman investigators have “exhaustive video coverage” of events at the east Belfast petrol station where a man was shot dead by an off-duty police officer during an attempted robbery.

There were reports that Marc Alexander Ringland (29) was holding a knife to the throat of a member of staff when the officer fired one shot, but this has yet to be confirmed by investigators.

Ringland was hit in the chest and died at the scene last Thursday night.

“In an event like this it is a tragedy for the family and a trauma for the police officer, and it’s in that context that we are trying to gather facts,” Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson told the Belfast Telegraph.

“There is no decision to arrest (the police officer),” he added.

The Belfast Telegraph understands the video evidence shows the actions of Ringland and the police officer inside the shop at the petrol station.

This is the third time the Ombudsman’s office has investigated a fatal shooting by a PSNI officer.

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