Footballer shot dead after taking toddler hostage and killing neighbour

A footballer holding a boy hostage was shot dead by police who found a dead body in his flat.

Odichukumma Kelvin Igweani, 24, is suspected to have killed a neighbour who rushed to save a toddler he could hear screaming for his life.

Have-a-go hero Richard Woodcock, 38, was lying on the floor lifeless when officers stormed a first-floor flat in Milton Keynes, Bucks, last Saturday on June 26.

After initial attempts to stun the 24-year-old footballer with a taser as he continued to pose a threat to his hostage, police shot him four times.

Armed cops then stormed the apartment after neighbours reported a “horrible commotion” inside.

Officers found Igweani holding the seriously injured two-year-old boy captive in the bedroom.

The young footballer was shot four times and a taser was discharged.

Igweani, known as Kelvin, was pronounced dead at the scene and Mr Woodcock died of head injuries.

Mr Woodcock’s devastated wife and family paid an emotional tribute to him.

In a statement, his family said: “We have always been so proud of Richard and everything that he has achieved in life.

“We are devastated that Richard has been taken from us in such circumstances but we are also so immensely proud of the sacrifice that he has made to try and save a little boy’s life.

“His actions on Saturday morning were the type of man he was and that is how we would like him remembered.

“A lot of people loved Richard, probably more than he ever realised, and he will be a huge loss to all of his friends, family and work colleagues.”

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His wife, who has not been named, said: “Richard, it has been a blessing to share my life with you, my dearest friend, my biggest love, my soul mate. My kind, generous, funny, clever, cheeky husband.

“Thank you for loving me and being the best father to our children. I’ll love you and cherish our time together forever.”

The toddler remains in a life-threatening condition in hospital.

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