The MailOnline has exclusively revealed that an American soldier and his British wife are among three people arrested for shooting twice at a father and son in Cambridgeshire as part of a custody dispute.
The 27-year-old soldier, from Ohio, is believed to be part of the US Air Force stationed in the UK.
He is being held with his wife, 33, and her father, 66, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
They are being questioned over the shooting of Joshua Dunmore and his father Gary Dunmore – first picked up by MailOnline today – late Wednesday night.
Joshua, 32, was found dead in a home on a luxury new property in Bluntcham late Wednesday night after police received reports of gunshots. Half an hour later, his father, Gary, 57, was also found dead in his flat in Sutton, about six miles away.
Cambridgeshire Police said yesterday they feared the two may have been killed in a custody battle.
Gary Dunmore was found dead in his flat in Sutton late Wednesday night
His son, Josh Dunmore, 32, had just won a bitter custody battle for his son and should have been “celebrating,” a devastated friend claimed.
The body of 32-year-old Josh Dunmore was found inside the building with a gunshot wound
Police are at the scene where Gary Dunmore is found dead. At 9.37pm police were called by a person in Sutton, near Ely, who also reported hearing gunshots
Forensic officers were called to the scene for investigations at The Row in Sutton
In a heartfelt tribute to the police collar, a friend of Mr. Dunmore wrote: To Josh. I can’t believe I’m writing this. This week there was supposed to be a celebration for you and your precious boy.
I pray that you rest in peace knowing that you fought every single day for Ryan. Everything I did was for him and he will know this forever.
She added in memory: ‘I’ll remember catching my smile like you always told me when I had the face of a whore at the gym. SIBA will never be the same without you and your clever ways.
‘Keep notching till boi sassy. I love Harley.
“He was a very caring person,” a close friend told the Mail.
Cambridgeshire Police say there was a “domestic element” to the killings which took place on Wednesday night and fear the two may have been the victims of a “target attack”, with the custody battle becoming an “active line of inquiry”.
A 33-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man and a 66-year-old man were arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
The younger couple were held at a hotel near Cambridge in the early hours and the older man was held in a dramatic capture operation on the M5 near Droitwich, Worcestershire, more than 100 miles away as officers used a stinging device to stop a white Peugeot. A gun was reportedly found.
Chief Superintendent John Hutchinson said: “At this point, we are not looking for any other people in connection with the incident. Once that family relationship is established, it becomes absolutely clear why this attack occurred and this is clearly a targeted and isolated attack.”
He added, “The line of investigation we are focusing on is that these detained persons are known to the deceased and had contact with them recently.”
Devastated friends and family lay flowers at the scene in Meridian Close, Plentisham, where Josh Dunmore was found dead
Police were called to a report of gunshots at the property in Meridian Close, Plentisham (pictured) where Josh Dunmore was found dead
He said the two people arrested at the hotel were “from the local area but we are trying to establish where they have been staying in recent days,” adding that forensic work is continuing to determine if the same weapon was used on both. locations, along with an investigation into whether the firearm found was legally owned.
Detective Mark Butler of the Major Crimes Unit added: “There is no greater danger to the general public.”
A trampoline stood in the backyard of Josh’s red brick house yesterday, and a white truck was parked outside. I also left flowers there.
Neighbors were shocked by two violent deaths in leafy streets where family homes are selling for more than £500,000.
Designer Sarah Lawn, 38, who lives near the split-floor home of twice-married builder Gary Dunmore, heard three loud bangs shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. “I thought something had blown,” she said. I didn’t think anything crazy had happened. Then I heard two more.
Gordon Murray, 62, who lives across the street, said: ‘There was a lot of shouting. Then I saw the armed police.
Officers ordered the residents of Bluntisham to stay indoors as a helicopter flew overhead.
Retail worker Sharon Coulson, 58, said the village was “a nice place to live, nice country walks, friendly people and everyone says hello”.
“There will be an increased police presence in the areas involved today and crime officers and officers will be on site,” said Det Insp Butler.
Post-mortem examinations will be carried out in the coming days.