Two female police officers were killed today when they were gunned down while attending what their force described as a ‘routine incident’.
Colleagues were seen running away in tears after the unarmed officers were shot at in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
It is understood a grenade was also used in the incident.
One of the officers died at the scene. The other was taken to hospital but died later.
Shortly after the shootings, Dale Cregan, 29, walked into a police station and was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Cregan was being sought in connection with separate gun and grenade attacks that killed a father and son.
Residents living near the scene on a housing estate in Mottram, Hyde, described ‘around 13 shots’ being fired earlier this morning.
Cregan was being sought in connection with the killing of David Short, 46, at his home in Clayton on August 10.
Cregan was also being sought in connection with the death of Mr Short’s son Mark, who was killed in a shooting at the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden on May 25.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a second police officer following an incident in Tameside this morning.
‘A long and dark shadow has been cast across Greater Manchester and my thoughts are with the officers’ family, friends and colleagues.