Devizes ex-police officer's shooting: Tributes paid to couple

Bill Dowling and Victoria Rose
Image caption Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths of Bill Dowling, a retired police inspector with 30 years' service and Victoria Rose

Tributes have been paid to a retired Wiltshire Police officer and his partner found shot dead.

Victoria Rose, 58, was found dead with Bill Dowling at the Moonrakers estate in Devizes, on Saturday morning.

Ms Rose's family said: "Words cannot describe how the family are feeling. It doesn't seem real."

Mr Dowling, 59, had 30 years' service with the force. His family said his "emotional and mental wellbeing had been in sharp decline".

Wiltshire Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

'Recovered a weapon'

In a statement released through the police, they said: "As a family we are trying to come to terms with the loss of a much-loved father and grandfather.

"We are shocked and saddened by recent events. We are thinking of Vicky's family."

Mr Dowling had worked for the Ministry of Defence for just over five years as part of 43 (Wessex) Brigade based at Tidworth Camp.

A spokesman for the MoD said his role was focused around Military Civilian Integration working with local authorities and statutory bodies across the South West of England.

Det Ch Insp Ian Saunders said the bodies were discovered inside the porch of the property.

"We have recovered a weapon from the scene," he said.

"My working assumption is that weapons were discharged and the victims had sustained some form of gunshot wounds."

Police officers remain at the entrance to Mr Dowling's front garden, while forensic work is being undertaken beneath a tent positioned at the front of the terraced house.

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