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Murder Investigation Launched After Police Officer Killed By Stolen Car

PC David Phillips was killed after the vehicle mounted a central reservation during a high-speed chase in Merseyside.

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Merseyside police have launched a murder investigation after a police officer was struck and killed during a high-speed car chase.

PC David Phillips with his wife and daughters.
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PC David Phillips with his wife and daughters.

PC David Phillips, 34, was hit by a Mitsubishi pick-up vehicle after it mounted a central reservation on Wallasey Dock North Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

This picture just released of PC Phillips.

The father of two was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

Police said officers had been responding to a burglary at an estate agency on Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, just after 1am on Monday morning.

The offenders stole the Mitsubishi during the burglary. The vehicle was then spotted by a patrol car at 1:28am and a high-speed pursuit took place.

Billy Griffiths / PA WIRE

The stolen vehicle later mounted the central reservation after officers attempted to stop the car using a stop stick, which is deployed across a road to puncture a vehicle's tyres.

After striking Phillips, the car made off at speed. It was later found abandoned in Corbyn Street.

At a press conference this afternoon, Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy said: "This is a desolate day for Merseyside police. His young children have been robbed of a father."

Chief stresses, "we have no idea who did this. We have an abandoned vehicle and that's it". Says appeal for info is genuine.

He also urged those responsible to come forward.

Chief says to those responsible, "do the sensible thing, do the right thing and give yourselves up. If you don't, we will find you".

PC David Phillips was 34yo. This is him with his wife Jen and daughters now aged 7 & 3. Police hunting his killers.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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