Emmerdale fans were gobsmacked this evening as soap villain DI Malone was shot dead by Dawn Taylor.
The corrupt copper was hit over the head during Monday's episode when Harriet caught him trying to force her stepdaughter Dawn to kill herself.
Harriet and Dawn were convinced that the police officer was dead but he got back to his feet.
Malone jumped up behind Harriet and warned that the police would "never get here in time".
Grabbing a candlestick, he readied to attack Harriet when Dawn grabbed the gun he'd left on the floor and fired three bullets at him and he collapsed onto the floor.
ITV viewers rushed to their keyboards to discuss the tense shot-out, with some fans picking up one major blunder.
Taking to Twitter, one fan said: "Did the neighbours not hear the gun shots?"
Another added: "I’m guessing no one heard the gun shots."
A third said: "The most pathetic gun shots in tv history. Sounded more like a bloody kids cap gun."
DI Malone had tried to push addict Dawn into killing herself by overdosing on heroin earlier this week.
Dawn had infuriated Malone after filing a complaint against him at the police station following her discovery of his affair with her dad's partner Harriet.
But when things seemed hopeless for Dawn, Harriet smashed a lamp over his head, seemingly killing him in the process.
Unsurprisingly, that wasn't the end of it this evening as the pair frantically thought about what they should do.
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