Politicians from across Northern Ireland have expressed their condemnation of the shooting of a serving police officer in Omagh this evening (Wednesday).
Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill commenting on social media said the attack was a “outrageous and shameful”.
“My immediate thoughts are with the officer and his family. I unreservedly condemn this reprehensible attempt to murder a police officer”.
Terrible news this evening of an off-duty police officer being shot in Kilyclogher, Omagh. This is an outrageous and shameful attack. My immediate thoughts are with the officer and his family.
I unreservedly condemn this reprehensible attempt to murder a police officer.
— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) February 22, 2023
Meanwhile the DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said “our heart goes out to the family of this courageous police officer and to his colleagues” also saying “these terrorists have nothing to offer and they must be brought to justice”.
Terrible news from Omagh tonight. Our heart goes out to the family of this courageous police officer and to his colleagues. We condemn outright the cowards responsible for this. These terrorists have nothing to offer and they must be brought to justice. We stand with the PSNI. https://t.co/2nvmxmPu4j
— Jeffrey Donaldson MP (@J_Donaldson_MP) February 22, 2023
Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott said, “Terrible news of a police officer being shot in Omagh this evening. Shot in front of young people at football coaching session. Despicable, cowardly action. No place in society for this”.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed they received a 999 call at 8.02pm following reports of an incident in the Slievard area of Killyclogher.
A spokesperson said, “NIAS dispatched a Rapid Response Paramedic, an Emergency Crew and an ambulance officer to the incident,”
“Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Area Hospital.”
The man’s condition is not known at this time. PSNI confirm more details will be released when available.
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