A MARRIED policeman died last night after he was shot while trying to arrest a man in a stolen car.
The traffic officer, who has not been named, stopped the BMW in a routine check in Leeds.
He and a male colleague were seriously injured as the man pulled out a handgun and opened fire.
His wife has been informed and was said to be "absolutely distraught, deeply distressed and in a state of disbelief".
The second officer was undergoing surgery in hospital but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. He was shot as he tried to run from the gunman.
The two unarmed officers stopped the car at Dib Lane, near the junction with the A58 Easterly Road in the Roundhay area of the city.
They were on a routine patrol and spoke to the man inside the BMW, who was thought to be white and in his 30s or 40s.
When they checked the car it was found to be stolen and they were in the process of arresting a man in the back seat of the car when he produced the gun.
He shot them both "several times", said Detective Superintendent Chris Gregg of West Yorkshire Police.
The gun was waved in one of the officers’ face, he said.
He described the attack as "appalling" and said it would shock every police officer in Britain.
More than 50 police officers have been killed since 1980 in the battle against the increasing violence on Britain’s streets, eight since 2000.
Jan Berry, the chairwoman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "This tragedy highlights the growing dangers police officers can face every day when serving and protecting their local communities."