Widow pays tribute to officer

By Giles Broadbent on May 21, 2012 12:43 PM |

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The widow of an officer who died from gunshot wounds at North Woolwich station has paid tribute to "her loving husband".

PC Kenny Cornelius, 38, was a firearms officer working with the Aviation Security Command linked to London City Airport. He is believed to have taken his own life.

His wife Wendy said: "Kenny was an incredibly loving husband, son and brother who was loved and adored. He was dedicated to the Police force and was very proud to be a serving police officer. He will be greatly missed. We are struggling to come to terms with this tragedy and would ask for privacy to allow us to grieve."

A post-mortem was held on Tuesday 15 May and gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head. An inquest was opened and adjourned at Walthamstow Coroner's Court.

A report is being prepared for the coroner by officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards.

PC Cornelius joined the MPS in August 1998 and began his career on Lambeth borough. He also worked in the Territorial Support Group before moving to the Aviation Security Command in October 2009.

Chief Supt Bert Moore, OCU Commander at SO18, said: "My priorities now are to look after the welfare of Kenny's wife and family and his colleagues at London City Airport.

"Despite our experience as police officers, the death of a colleague is one of the most difficult issues we deal with and, when it happens in such circumstances, it brings with it its own particular emotions. We are all deeply shocked and saddened by Kenny's death."