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'Attempted murder' arrest after man opens fire on squad car from house

The attack happened in the Heath Lodge Close area of North Belfast, as officers were searching for a man who carried out an alleged assault.

Heath Lodge Close
Heath Lodge Close
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POLICE IN BELFAST have arrested a man for attempted murder after he fired shots at a squad car from the doorway of a house.

It happened last night at around 9.40pm in North Belfast.

Police had received a report of a man being assaulted by another man in the Highfern Gardens area of the city.

They were in the process of locating the alleged attacker in nearby Heath Lodge Close when he came out of a house, pointed a gun and shot at the police car.

The 46-year-old was arrested a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder, common assault, threats to kill and possession of a firearm.

A firearm and ammunition were recovered later, after a search – and the man remains in custody this morning.

“Last night’s incident underlines the risks police officers face 365 days a year working to keep people safe,” Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said.

“Fortunately the officers in the car weren’t hurt, but we could have been looking at a very different situation this morning.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to put on record my appreciation for the courage and professionalism of the officers and would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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