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Man arrested in Dungannon charged with attempted murder of DCI John Caldwell

DCI John Caldwell

A man arrested in Dungannon has been charged with the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell last year.

The senior detective, who was off duty at the time, was shot several times at a sports complex after coaching a youth football team in Omagh on February 22, last year.

The 44-year-old man is also charged with directing terrorism and preparation of terrorist acts.

He is due to appear before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

As is normal procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

A property was searched and a number of items have been taken away for further examination.

Previous court sittings have heard how two men dressed in dark waterproof clothing approached DCI Caldwell at the rear of his car and opened fire.

After the shooting, the assailants fled in a blue Ford Fiesta, which was later found burnt out near Racolpa Road in Omagh.

They then reportedly switched to a black Mercedes, which led them to Deverney Park where they went to the rear of a house then left again in a white Transit van.

Weapons used in the attack remain unaccounted for.

Related: Defence highly critical of delay in DCI John Caldwell attempted murder case

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