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Devizes Firearms Incident update PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:32

Wiltshire Police were called to a firearms incident in Devizes shortly before 3:00 pm on Monday 2nd July 2012.

A man entered an office at Morris, Goddard and Ward on St John’s Street armed with a gun and fired a single shot injuring a man. Specialist Armed Response Officers quickly arrested a suspect in Rowde. No one else was injured in the incident and a weapon we believe to have been used in the incident has been recovered.

A 62 year old man from the local area was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at Melksham Police Station.

The victim aged 58 from Westbury sustained life threatening head injuries and was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital. His family are with him at the hospital and he remains in a very serious condition.

DCI Ian Saunders is leading the investigation and said: ‘My team have continued working overnight and today officers will be carrying out further checks of CCTV, house to house enquiries and forensic examination of the scene.

I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area of St John’s Street, Devizes around 3:00 pm yesterday afternoon to make contact with Police as they may have important information to assist the investigation.’

Local Inspector Ron Peach said: ‘I would like to stress how very rare incidents such as this are in Devizes, and across the county however we recognise that the community will be concerned and will experience some disruption as officers conduct enquiries. The road closures have been now been lifted and we would like to thank residents for their understanding and co operation. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim at this difficult time.’

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.