PSNI chief constable praises ‘selfless courage’ of DCI John Caldwell one year on from his attempted murder

One year on since the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell, Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Jon Boutcher has paid tribute to the officer’s “tremendous and selfless courage”.

Feb 22, 2024
By Paul Jacques
Chief Constable Jon Boutcher

Det Chief Insp Caldwell was shot on the evening of Wednesday February 22, 2023, in Omagh. He was shot multiple times, as he packed up after coaching a youth football team.

Mr Boutcher said: “It’s one year on since this cowardly attempt to take John’s life took place. This despicable attack took place among terrified children and parents and, distressingly, in front of John’s young son.

“I would like to, first of all, acknowledge John’s tremendous and selfless courage. The high esteem in which he is held by colleagues and friends speaks volumes. And my thoughts, and that of the entire Service, are with John and his family, as he continues his recovery journey.”

The chief constable added: “Those responsible have nothing to offer our community, and I welcome the 36 arrests to-date, with 13 people charged and four reported to the Public Prosecution Service.

“Our officers will continue to relentlessly pursue those responsible for this most vicious act, seeking to bring all who have played any part before the courts.

“I know that the support received from the public has been tremendous and, for this, we extend a heartfelt thanks.”

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