2 FEMALE COPS KILLED IN GUN BLOODBATH Witnesses hear 13 shots and explosion WPCS were attending ‘routine incident’ One-eyed fugitive hands himself in
TWO unarmed female police officers have been killed in a gun and grenade attack in which led to the arrest of a wanted man.
PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, had been investigating a burglary in Mottram, Greater Manchester.
Fugitive Dale Cregan, 29, has been arrested in connection with the officers’ deaths and two previous murders.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said it was one of the force’s “darkest days”.
Mr Cregan was arrested when he walked into Hyde police station a short time after the incident.
A witness at the scene reported hearing 13 shots and an explosion shortly before 11am.
Sir Peter said someone had made a call alleging a burglary had been committed and when the officers arrived they were attacked with a gun and a grenade.
Police said one of the officers died at the scene, the second was critically injured and died later.
There was a heavy police presence at the scene, including a bomb disposal team.
The witness – a window cleaner – said the property the officers were called to had been unoccupied for some months.
Asst Chief Constable Garry Shewan said it was “a tragic day” for Greater Manchester Police, adding: “A long and dark shadow has been cast over Greater Manchester.”
Police had been offering a £25,000 reward for information leading to Mr Cregan’s arrest as he was wanted over attacks that left a father and son dead.
Police confirmed that Mr Cregan had also been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder in relation to the probes into the deaths of David Short and Mark Short.
David Short was killed in a gun and grenade attack in Clayton Gtr Manchester on August 10.
His son, Mark, was killed in a pub shooting at the Cotton Tree Pub in nearby Droylsden in May.
TRAGEDY: Cops at scene of death of WPC Bone ( and WPC Hughes