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LEGACY KILLING Man arrested in Derry over 1993 IRA murder of police officer Michael Ferguson

Constable Michael Ferguson, from Omagh, was shot twice, at close range, in the back of the head by an IRA gunman in Shipquay Street

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Constable Michael Ferguson, 21, who was shot dead while on duty in January 1993 (PSNI)

Constable Michael Ferguson, 21, who was shot dead while on duty in January 1993 (PSNI)

Constable Michael Ferguson, 21, who was shot dead while on duty in January 1993 (PSNI)

Detectives from PSNI Legacy Investigation Branch, investigating the murder of police officer Michael Ferguson in January 1993, have on Tuesday arrested a man in Derry as part of their ongoing enquiries into the killing.

A 51 year old man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act and taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning.

Constable Michael Ferguson, from Omagh, was shot twice, at close range, in the back of the head by an IRA gunman in Shipquay Street on 23 January 1993.

The Catholic policeman was on duty at the time and was taken to Altnagevlin Hospital but died from his injuries.

The IRA were responsible.

"Even against the backdrop of an horrendous period in our history - I think the callousness (of this murder) stands out," Det Insp Conor Sweeney, who is leading the investigation, has said.

"He was such a young man, fresh-faced and had a look of innocence about him.

"For somebody to just walk up, not even look him in the eye, approach him from behind and snuff out that young life in the blink of an eye, it was truly horrendous.

"The family of Michael have never and I believe will never get over that."

One man has been convicted for his role in the shocking murder.

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