Suspect arrested after man 'shot dead and doused in acid' in 'sickening display of violence' | The Sun

A SUSPECT has been arrested after a man was "shot dead and doused in acid" in a "sickening display of violence".

Liam Smith, 38, was found dead in his home on Kilburn Drive in Wigan after falling victim to a fatal gunshot wound and an acid attack.

Cops confirmed that a 35-year-old man has been taken into custody on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and will be questioned by detectives.

Police launched a murder probe after the body was found covered in "white powder" and "smoking" on a quiet residential street.

Greater Manchester Police said Mr Smith was the victim of an acid attack and was fatally shot.

Detectives are working tirelessly to establish the exact details after the grisly discovery on November 24.

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So far, four warrants have been executed and 28 premises searched as part of the inquiry.

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: "This is a shocking murder of a much-loved family man.

"As the investigation progresses, we have specially trained officers who have been deployed to support them and keep them updated throughout.

“This attack was a sickening display of violence that will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.

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“Our investigation is moving at pace, and we continue to work relentlessly to capture a picture of what happened in the events leading up to Liam’s death.

“Liam died from a fatal gunshot wound in what appeared to be a swift and well-planned out attack on a man who was not previously known to police.

"I ask anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area that evening to come forward and know that information will be treated with the strictest confidence.

"It only takes one crucial piece of information that may be key to achieving answers for Liam’s family and friends.”

Any details should be passed via the LiveChat function on or by calling 101 quoting incident number 910 of 25/11/2022.

Information can also be submitted through the Major Incident Public Portal here.

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