Police officer Geoffrey Harries, who was due in court next week charged with possessing more than 2,000 indecent images of children, was found stabbed to death outside his own home!
Harries - who resigned from the force three months ago after being arrested - heard a disturbance in the driveway of his home at 1.45am.
He went outside to investigate and was stabbed several times in the chest.
He was taken to hospital but died five hours later.
Police are now investigating whether it was a revenge attack in connection with the child pornography charges he was facing.
A 30-year-old man is being questioned by police over the killing.
It is believed Harries may have challenged someone who was tampering with his car parked outside his home in the village of Trimsaran, near Llanelli, West Wales.
A neighbour said: "It is shocking. We don't know if it had anything to do with the forthcoming court case but it was the talk of the village.
"No one likes having an alleged paedophile living in your street."
Harries's home in a quiet modern estate was taped off while detectives examined the scene.
Dyfed Powys Police spokeswoman Ceri Doyle said: "We have launched a murder investigation after a man was killed in Trimsaran.
"A man has been arrested in connection with the killing and is being questioned by police.
"House-to-house enquiries are being carried out and the neighbourhood policing team are reassuring residents."
The case against Harries was brought following an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
An investigation discovered he had a total of 2,082 images on his computer while working for Dyfed-Powys Police.
He appeared before Cardiff magistrates on May 15 where it was revealed that 52 of the images were classed as level four category and nine of them were classed as level five - the most serious on the scale.
Harries was due to appear before Cardiff Crown Court next Monday charged with 15 offences of making indecent images of children between May 2005 and December 2007.
He was also facing one charge of possessing indecent images, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988, from November 26, last year.
Harries, who is married, was released on bail and was living in the quiet village while waiting trial.
A post mortem examination confirmed Mr Harries died from stab wounds.
A spokeswoman for Dyfed Powys Police said: "Magistrates have granted a warrant of further detention for 36 hours in relation to the 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder in Trimsaran."
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