A POLICEMAN who died after being attacked while off duty has been named.
Pc Chris Findley suffered a serious head injury after becoming involved in a row during a night out in Wolverhampton city centre in the early hours of Monday January 28.
The 33-year-old, from Wolverhampton, died in hospital last night, West Midlands Police said.
Pc Findley was punched as he walked past the Divine Bar in Darlington Street after becoming involved in an argument with a black man and two white women who were leaving the nightclub.
The officer, who was left unconscious in the street, is believed to have been attacked at around 4.30am.
A post-mortem examination has yet to be carried out to determine the cause of the officer’s death.
Today his colleagues at West Midlands Police paid tribute to the officer, who was based in Sandwell.
Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: “It is with great sadness that friends and colleagues mourn the passing of Pc Findley who died shortly before 11pm yesterday.
“Chris, a 33-year-old single man, joined West Midlands Police in 2003 and completed all his police service in Sandwell.
“He is fondly described by his colleagues as a selfless and humble man, always watching out for those in need of cheering up, which he achieved through his warm, infectious personality and sense of humour.
“Chris was a proactive, hard-working officer who was a credit to the service and the communities of Sandwell.
“He will be sadly missed by all that knew him and our thoughts and condolences go out to his close friends and family at this difficult time.”
West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Phil Asquith has appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
He said: “If anyone has any information that could assist the inquiry, who’s possibly heard someone since talking about the incident, I’d ask them to call us on the 101 number as their information could prove vital.”
An 18-year-old man and two women have been arrested by police and bailed until a date next month pending further inquiries.