Belfast Telegraph

Police probing shooting of NI officer release man unconditionally

Detectives investigating a shooting attack on a Northern Ireland policeman have released a suspect unconditionally.

Two other men, aged 30 and 39, are still being questioned in connection with the petrol station forecourt targeting of a young officer in north Belfast.

The community officer was shot three times in the arm with a high velocity rifle, and commanders believe his body armour may have saved him from further harm.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) statement said: "A 36-year-old man, arrested on the evening of Sunday 22 January in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer at a filling station on the Crumlin Road, North Belfast that same night, has been released unconditionally."

Detectives believe rounds may have been fired from behind a fence across the road from the garage forecourt on the Crumlin Road on Sunday night as two officers emerged from the shop.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack.


From Belfast Telegraph