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Shirley shotgun horror

A RETIRED policewoman is in hospital after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head at her Shirley home.

A RETIRED policewoman is in hospital after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head at her Shirley home.

Police believe that the woman, named locally as Anita McCormick, had tried to take her own life.

The incident prompted a massive armed response when officers were called to the detached house on Burman Road, at around 3pm on Friday afternoon.

A West Midlands Police spokesman told the Solihull News that the shotgun was legally-held and that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

As the Solihull News went to press, Anita was in a stable condition and seemed to be out of danger.

No-one else was injured in the shooting.

She had been a PC with the Birmingham South team, seconded to Solihull Police Station, as part of their criminal justice team.

After leaving the police last May, it’s understood that she had set-up her own gardening business

Her husband, Marcus, is a Chelmsley Wood-based traffic officer, promoting motorcycle safety in the region.

Neighbours said that they were “in shock” following the incident and confirmed that the road had been shut off for an hour.

One man, who didn’t want to be named, said that two armed response teams and around seven other police cars had attended.

“The road was completely sealed off and no-one was allowed in, there was an awful lot of police,” he said. “It’s not nice to have it happen in your road.”

The Air Ambulance landed in the grounds of Hazel Oak Special School, off nearby Hazeloak Road.

Staff said that the emergency services had asked for permission to land on the playing fields, but the school was unaffected.

 

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