Braintree murders: Police had been called before, neighbours say
Neighbours of a mother and young girl found dead after a shooting incident in Essex have expressed concerns that police could have prevented the deaths.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the incident in Bartram Avenue, Braintree, which happened in the early hours.
The deaths of Christine Chambers, 38, and her two-year-old daughter Shania are being treated as murder.
A neighbour shouted at police: "You knew this was going to happen."
A 50-year-old man is under armed guard in hospital.
The man is being treated for gunshot wounds at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Officers had spent almost two hours negotiating with him. They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge told a press conference that a shotgun had been recovered from the scene.
He said a post-mortem examination on Ms Chambers and her daughter would take place later to determine how they died.
They were found dead by police who had been called to the scene at about 0300 BST. Another child is said to have escaped out of a back window.
The IPCC said there was sufficient concern to send two officers to Essex to decide whether to launch a full investigation.
'Horror film' Another neighbour, who declined to be named, said of Ms Chambers: "She had called the police before on several occasions and there had been a lot of problems in the past.
"Like everybody, she had her ups and downs and we knew there were problems.
"We knew she was worried about what might happen to her and it seemed she was living in fear."
It is believed that Ms Chambers and the man who is under armed guard had been due to appear at Chelmsford County Court on Monday in connection with a family proceedings hearing.
Neighbour Tony Challis said police arrived at the house at 0300 BST and spent around two hours negotiating with the gunman.
Officers could be seen attempting to talk to him through the letter-box.
He added: "It was about 0445 BST when we heard two gunshots from inside the house. We saw officers rushing through the door.
"Everybody was out on the street watching. We couldn't believe what was happening."
The BBC's Mike Cartwright said neighbours had told him an eight-year-old who was in the property had climbed out of the window and gone to a nearby house.
Neighbour Karen Ballisat told BBC Look East: "I was woken by police saying 'your house is surrounded, don't move or we'll shoot you'.
"I looked out the window and saw police with guns and it looked like something out of a horror film."
She said Ms Chambers was "lovely, always laughing, a lovely lady", while Shania was "a very happy, bubbly little girl".
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Without knowing the in's and out's it is hard to tell if the police could have stopped this or not, but it appears as the residents have already come to their conclusions!
No doubt the IPCC will be thoroughly investigating this one in light of the allegations.
Edited by SC Meerkat.com, 06 June 2011 - 03:54 PM.