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Part-Time Police Officer Shot Dead

June 16, 1985

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A gunman shot and killed a part-time police officer Sunday as he sat next to a woman in a car parked outside her home, police said.

Belfast police spokesman Sgt. Albert Matchett said the unidentified reserve officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the province’s mainly Protestant police force, was off duty at the time of the shooting in Kilrea, 36 miles northwest of Belfast.

Police believe only one gunman was involved and the woman escaped injury, Matchett said. No arrests have been made, he said.

No organization claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion fell on the Irish Republican Army and other Roman Catholic guerrilla groups fighting to end British rule in the Protestant-dominated province.

The latest casualty brings to 18 the number of constabulary officers to be killed this year in Northern Ireland. At least 2,444 people have died since the province’s political and sectarian violence escalated in 1969.

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