Feltwell Gunman Named by Police

21 July 2010, 17:22 | Updated: 21 July 2010, 17:34

Police have confirmed the name of the man found dead in Feltwell in Norfolk.

 51 year-old Mark Osler from Oak Street in Feltwell was found dead on Monday

Officers were called to an address at Oak Street, Feltwell at 11.16am on Monday 19 July after concerns were raised for the safety of a female.

When they got there a woman was found with a head injury caused by a gunshot and she remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Mark Osler’s body was found nearby a short time later. His death is not being treated as suspicious and detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

Officers from Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team are continuing to carry out high-visibility reassurance patrols in Feltwell.

Norfolk Constabulary voluntarily referred this incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who are content that the investigation can be handled locally.

 Detectives believe the weapon involved was a small calibre pistol and have also confirmed that Mark Osler was once in possession of a shotgun license which he voluntarily surrendered in July 2007.

His family have been paying tribute to him.

The family said:

“Mark was a happy go lucky dad. You couldn’t ask for a better dad. He was giving and helpful and would give you his last pound if he could.

“He was the happiest man alive when he saw his grandchildren and only on Saturday, had popped round to give Oakley £25 for his birthday.

“He’s been made out to be a monster when he’s not. When he was younger he had tattoos but he always said he didn’t want his kids to see him with tattoos on his face so he went to a doctor and had them removed.

“He was proud of all his family and also spent a lot of time with his mum in Wormegay.

“He found our break-up difficult and he did have a break-down and because of this was easily led. Although things were difficult in recent years, he was not himself and it’s water under the bridge. He will be sadly missed by all of us.”