Derry’s police chief has said he’s relieved that no-one was harmed during the arrest of murder suspect, Kieran McLaughlin in Derry this morning.
Speaking at a press conference at Strand Road police station, Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said: “This is the resolution we’ve all been hoping for this week.”
He admitted that the intensive police operation to arrest McLaughlin, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Barry McCrory in the city last Thursday, was “potentially dangerous”. “We were well aware of the risks but it was our job to locate Mr McLaughlin and safely bring him into custody and I’m grateful that we got the solution that everyone would have wanted.”
Kieran McLaughlin, who was armed, was arrested in an operation which began in Donegal with the assistance of Gardai and ended in Fern Park in Galliagh at around 3am today. Three scenes at various locations in Galliagh are currently under examination - the arrest scene at Fern Park and cars parked at Ederowen Park and Moss Park. Two handguns and a shotgun were recovered during the operation.
Chief Supt Martin said: “There are three scenes currently being held in the general Galliagh area - one is the location of the arrest and the others centre around two vehicles. It would be our hope that we will bring those to a swift conclusion during the course of the day.”
The suspect is currently being detained at Antrim Serious Crime suite.
Chief Superintendent Martin said he was “not in a position” to determine where the suspect had been since last Thursday. However, he said the Garda were “very responsive” when asked to help the PSNI investigation last night.
It’s understood that the suspect crossed the border at Killea before being tracked by police to Fern Park.
One resident of Fern Park told the ‘Journal’: “By the time we realised there was something going on, the arrest had been made and he had been taken from the scene. It was all over very quickly.”