John Caldwell who was shot by men in Omagh will be our focus.
Who is John Caldwell?
He is the police officer at the center of the Omagh masked men shooting saga.
He is said to be a coach at Beragh Swifts Fc. All sporting activity in the club has been suspended for all levels.
John Caldwell is a Detective chief. He is a family man who is married with kids.
The officer who was not on duty at the time was shot at by men in mask.
He is currently fighting for his life in what has been described to be in critical condition.
The Detective chief is said to have been shot at a number of times.
This unfortunate attach happened on Thursday, 22nd February,2023.
Mr John Caldwell was at a children’s football coaching session when the incident happened.
The officer was in the process of putting footballs into his car boot when the assailants approached him.
They reportedly shot at him in the presence of his children.
Who are the assailants in the attack on detective chief, John Caldwell?
An attempted murder case has been launched on the case by the PSNI.
It is believed that the “dissident republican group the New IRA” is behind the unprovoked attack.
The car which the suspects used was later found burnt down outside of the Omagh town.
This assertion is according to Senior PSNI figures as reported by the Irish Mirror.
There were condemnation of the attack by the UK Prime Minister,Rishi Sunak.
He issued a statement in which he said: “I am appalled by the disgraceful shooting of an off-duty police officer in Omagh tonight.
“My thoughts are with the officer and his family. There is no place in our society for those who seek to harm public servants protecting communities.”
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also spoke on the attack saying: “I have heard the terrible news from Omagh about the shooting of an off-duty PSNI officer tonight.
“Our thoughts are with the injured officer, his family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time.
“I utterly condemn this grotesque act of attempted murder.
“I call on anyone with information about it to share it with the PSNI.”
In the absence of Caldwell, the Detective chief, detective superintendent Eamonn Corrigan, acting as a temporary detective chief said: “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.”