VIDEO - Forensic search after Derry murder suspect arrested

PSNI forensics officers are this morning carrying out a fingertip search of a Derry housing estate where a man wanted in connection with a murder was arrested by police just hours earlier.

Kieran McLaughlin (58) was found hiding behind a car in the Fern Park area of Galliagh just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police forensics officers pictured at Fern Park where murder suspect Kieran McLaughlin was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police forensics officers pictured at Fern Park where murder suspect Kieran McLaughlin was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police said he was armed, but no shots were fired.

The 58-year-old, a former republican prisoner, is being questioned about the murder of Barry McCrory (35) who was shot dead at a flat in Shipquay Street last Thursday.

Army bomb disposal experts arrived in Galliagh shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Around 40 houses were evacuated in Ederowen Park and the Templemore Complex was opened for residents.

A security operation was also mounted at nearby Moss Park.

The seven-day search for Mr. McLaughlin ended at Fern Park after he had been spotted earlier in Co. Donegal driving a silver car.

He was followed by Gardai and then by the PSNI.

It’s understood Mr McLaughlin abandoned the car in Galliagh before stealing another vehicle.

Specialist firearms officers then moved in and arrested him.

This morning, forensic officers, in their distinctive white suits, were combing the area in Fern Park where Mr. McLaughlin was arrested.

In spite of the security operation, some residents appeared to be able to get in and out of their houses.

One resident said: “I didn’t see anything at all surrounding the arrest. By the time I came out of the house, police were sealing the place off and the arrest seemed to have been made. It looked like it was all over very quickly.”