One Greater Manchester Police officer has been shot dead and another is fighting for life after wanted criminal Dale Cregan was arrested in Tameside this morning.
The policewomen attended a 'routine incident' at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley, Tameside shortly before 11am after a burglary was reported.
The two WPCs were allegedly injured when ‘at least ten’ gunshots were fired during the incident – Manchester’s most-wanted man was captured after he gave himself up to police.
Armed police then surrounded Cregan and used tear gas to floor him, they then bagged his head and handcuffed him while helicopters and emergency were on standby.
One source told MM the gunman was being chased in his BMW by armed police when he threw a grenade out of his car.
Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that a police officer has died and another has been injured shortly before 11am this morning.
“Shots were fired close to an address in Hattersly, Tameside, were the two unarmed female officers suffered injuries and one died at the scene and the other officer has been taken to hospital and is critical condition.
“Armed response vehicles secured the area as quickly as possible and GMP are currently working to inform families of the news.
SCENE: Police cordon off one of the nearby roads, (pictures courtesy of @SaddleworthNews)
“A short time after the incident Dale Cregan was arrested as he walked into police station in Hyde.
“He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder in connection with David and Mark Short and also arrested on suspicion of murdering a police officer.
“It is a heart-breaking time for officers’ families and colleagues and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time.
“It is a tragic day for GMP and we are working hard to piece together exactly what happened.
“These events led to our officer being murdered and another fighting for her life.
“The Tameside community will be fearful on top of everything that has happened in recent weeks and I want to reassure people that we have armed police patrolling the area as investigations continue.”
Bomb squads are allegedly checking his vehicle for more grenades.
SCENE: Armed police and specialist forensic team investigate address in Tameside, (pictures courtesy of @SaddleworthNews)
Theresa May, Home Secretary, said: “This is a deeply shocking incident and a terrible reminder of the risks that police officers face every day to keep our communities safe.”
A £50,000 reward was offered for information that led to the arrest of Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson.
The body of David Short, 46, the father of Mark Short who was gunned down in a pub shooting in May, was found at a house on Folkestone Road East in Clayton after police were called there following reports of gunshots and a grenade explosion.
Less than ten minutes later, there was another grenade explosion outside a house on Luke Road, Droylsden, but no-one was injured during this incident.
Four men have been charged in connection with David Short’s murder and are due to enter pleas at Manchester Crown Court in November.
Earlier this month, Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Droylsden, also appeared at Manchester Crown Court charged with the gun and grenade murder of David Short.