Police officer in hit-and-run murder attempt out of hospital
Lorry matching description found burnt out
A police officer crushed between a lorry and a police vehicle in south Armagh in a murder bid has been released from hospital.
A lorry matching the description of one involved in the crash has been found burnt out in the Republic of Ireland, police said.
Ambulances raced to the scene at Mullaghduff Road, Cullyhanna at lunchtime yesterday.
The officer sustained serious head injuries when the low loader truck drove into him at speed as he approached the vehicle on foot in Co Armagh.
Police have now said that his condition "is described as stable and he had a comfortable night in hospital. He is receiving treatment for a fractured ankle, injuries to his back and a wound to his head".
The constable was part of a police patrol who were were travelling along the road following up enquiries linked to the overnight theft of an ATM in the Newry area.
They encountered a suspicious lorry transporting a car. As one of the officers exited the police vehicle to speak to the driver, the lorry was driven at speed directly at the officer, striking and pinning him between the lorry and a police patrol vehicle.
The lorry then fled the scene.
PSNI superintendent Simon Walls said: "The officer and his family appreciate the support and well wishes received since the incident.
"The investigation is progressing and it is believed that the low loader lorry involved in the incident was stolen a short time earlier in the Kiltybane Road area of Cullyhanna. A low loader matching the description was located burnt out in the area of Mullyash Mountain in Republic of Ireland. This vehicle has been recovered by officers from An Garda Síochána for forensic examination.
"We are keen to trace the movements of this lorry yesterday and locate its driver. The lorry is described as low loader with a white cab, a yellow bumper, a red low loader body and carrying a white or silver vehicle.
"Anyone who saw a lorry matching this description in the Cullyhanna area or anyone who can assist the police investigation in any way is asked to contact Newry Reactive and Organised crime detectives by calling 101. If someone would prefer to provide information about this incident anonymously, they can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”