Suspect arrested after death of man who was shot and found covered in acid

A SUSPECT is being questioned by police in connection with the death of a Wigan man who was shot in the head and was the subject of an acid attack.

Liam Smith’s body was sadly discovered on Kilburn Drive in Wigan on Thursday evening 24th November 2022.

This morning (Thursday 19 January) a 35-year-old suspect was arrested in Sheffield on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and taken into custody before being questioned by detectives from GMP’s Major Incident Team.

Detectives say they are working tirelessly to uncover the exact details of this murder, which took place “in unique and shocking circumstances on a quiet residential street in Wigan”.

So far, four arrest warrants and 28 house searches have been carried out as part of the murder investigation.

Detectives still have interesting people they’d like to speak to and appeal to anyone “with even the slightest bit of information to contact officers or crimestoppers anonymously.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand of GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “This is a shocking murder of a beloved family man.

“As the investigation progresses, we have specially trained officers who have been deployed to assist and keep them informed at all times.

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

“Our investigation is advancing rapidly and we continue to work tirelessly to unravel the picture of the events leading up to Liam’s death.

“Liam died from a fatal gunshot wound in what appeared to be a quick and well-planned attack on a man previously unknown to police.

“I am asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area that evening to come forward and know that the information will be kept strictly confidential. It just takes one crucial piece of information that may be the key to unlocking answers for Liam’s family and friends.”

All details should be provided via the LiveChat facility on or by calling 101 quoting incident number 910 dated 25/11/2022.

Information can also be submitted through the Major Incident Public Portal here: Suspect arrested after death of man who was shot and found covered in acid

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