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Wednesday, August 4, 1999 Published at 01:05 GMT 02:05 UK


Tape captures man's last moments

Det Supt Tattersall and Susan Thompson make the plea

The fiancée of a man shot dead as he rang 999 during a burglary has allowed police to release a tape of the call to help catch his killers.

The BBC's Ralph Blunsom: "Journalists fell silent as the last moments of Mr Logan's life were played"
Greater Manchester Police played the tape of Patrick Logan's last minutes at a news conference. Mr Logan, 40, was shot four or five times by a hooded gunman in his bedroom in Withington, Greater Manchester, last Friday.

His fiancée Susan Thompson was also in the bedroom, and his young son was in the adjoining room. The couple were due to be married in several weeks' time.

Ms Thompson said: "Just please help, just anything will do. He didn't deserve to die in this way. Whoever's done needs to be caught."

[ image: Patrick Logan: Shot as he rang police for help]
Patrick Logan: Shot as he rang police for help
She was then led away by a policewoman as the tape was played.

Mr Logan, who was born in Belfast and is believed to have a criminal record, is heard saying: "I've just been woken up. There's two ... There's people down the stairs, we've been burgled."

He then shrieked as the gun was pointed at him. Shots were heard on the tape and there was a brief silence before Ms Thompson screamed "please help" to the operator.

Detective Superintendent Andy Tattersall, leading the inquiry, defended the use of the tape, and said: "We want to get as much support and infomation from the public as possible - we can't have this happen again.

"Susan wants people to realise what she's gone through. It was a cold, calculated killing and we want to bring those responsible to justice."

There are 40 detectives working on the case, and forensic tests have been carried out at the house.

Police confirmed they were liaising with detectives in Ireland but were keeping an open mind on the motive for the shooting.

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