TEEN HELD OVER SHOT COPPER; 1am NEWS; Detectives arrest youth of 19.
POLICE last night arrested a teenager over the shooting of cop John Cunningham.
The move came hours after detectives revealed they had a 19-year-old suspect in the shotgun attack.
Officers did not name the suspect but a warrant was issued for "a named individual" and the youth was later arrested.
PC Cunningham, 53, was shot late on Sunday night at Shettleston police station in Glasgow's east end.
He is said to be making slow progress in the city's Royal Infirmary.
Wife Margaret said he had been heartened by the messages of support he had received from the public.
Margaret, 51, said the fear he might be hurt on duty some day had always been with her.
With her daughters, Lindsay, 22, and 26-year-old Laura, at her side, she said: "Something like this has always been at the back of our minds.
"We thought something might happen while he was out on patrol - but never like this, in a police station."
Margaret said officers called at the family home in the early hours of Monday to tell her the news that her husband had been shot just before midnight.
She said: "I went through all the normal reactions you would expect - devastation, shock and disbelief.
"It was just a case of being taken to the hospital.
"All kinds of thoughts go around your head but he was better than we had expected him to be."
Lindsay, who went to the hospital with her mum, said: "He said, `Hello, I love you.'
"But we could only see him for a minute because the doctors were looking after him."
PC Cunningham, an officer for 31 years, had discussed retiring last year, Margaret said, but he enjoyed his job too much to give up.
She added: "He enjoys dealing with the public and working with a good group of colleagues and just wanted to carry on.
"Its too early to have discussed whether he will go back to the job.
The couple celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary next week and Margaret's husband has been in the police force for 31 years.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jul 24, 2003|
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