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Attempted murder investigation underway as DCI John Caldwell fights for his life

DCI John Caldwell who was shot multiple times as he left a sports complex with his young son in Omagh.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Major Investigation Team have launched an attempted murder investigation following an attack on a police officer in Omagh.

Speaking on BBC Good Morning Ulster, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable McEwan confirmed that the officer who was shot was DCI John Caldwell. The officer's young son was present as he was shot multiple times at his car by two gunmen.

Assistant Chief Constable McEwan said the primary focus of the investigation was on dissident republicans, in particular the New IRA.

A small dark car was later found burned out three miles away at Racolpa Road, Drumnakilly.

Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan said:

“The serving officer was shot a number of times at a sports complex in the Killyclogher Road area of Omagh, just before 8pm on Wednesday, 22nd February.

“He has been taken to hospital and is in a critical but stable condition.

“Our investigation is now underway and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed what happened or could help with our enquiries to make contact with police on 101 quoting reference number 1831 of 22/02/23.

“Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at”

Information, including photos, CCTV and dash-cam footage, can also be provided to police through the Major Incident Public Portal at:


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