LINE of Duty viewers have been left shocked after characters were gunned down and strangled to death in jaw-dropping scenes.
The fourth episode of series six of the BBC drama was the most explosive yet, with DI Steve Arnott and DC Chloe Bishop deciding to grab solicitor Jimmy Lakewell from prison and take him to the police station in the hope he would reveal important information to them.
Line of Duty viewers were left shocked after characters were gunned down and strangled
But as the convoy of armed police sped through the streets, they were suddenly ambushed by the Organised Crime Group, causing the white van Steve and Jimmy were in to flip onto its side.
Chloe and armed police officer Ruby “Jonesy” Jones rushed to help the men escape under heavy fire from the OCG, and just as Jonesy managed to climb up and open the van door, Steve spotted a gunman in a building behind her.
As he called her name, it was too late, and she was gunned down, with her death confirmed moments later as Chloe cried.
Despite Jimmy surviving the attack, when he returned to prison he was summoned to the cell of corrupt officer DS Buckells who acted as a diversion before criminal Lee Banks appeared behind him and strangled hi to death.
Solicitor Jimmy Lakewell was taken out of prison by Steve Arnott in the hope he would share vital information with them
However their van came under attack from the OCG
Armed police officer Ruby “Jonesy” Jones tried to help get them out of the overturned van
She was gunned down by a sniper in the building behind her
There was a lot of blood shed in the episode
He then told Buckells that’s what happens “to a rat” before leaving the cell.
Viewers were taken aback by all the drama in the episode, with one writing on Twitter: “Woah, what is going on? Fantastic episode, can’t wait for next week.”
Another tweeted: “Oh that was just amazing tv. Unreal. What a show #LineOfDuty.”
A third added: “Mother of god!!! What an episode…….. #LineOfDuty.”
Jimmy was then seen entering Buckells’ cell
Lee Banks then came in behind him and strangled him to death for being ‘a rat’
A fellow viewer agreed, writing: “Wtf #LineOfDuty what an amazing episode!!”
Elsewhere, viewers were also left desperate to know who DCI Joanne Davidson is related to after Steve was given a file detailing a DNA match.
However, in true Line of Duty style, it was left on a cliffhanger with Superintendent Ted Hastings saying “Mother of God!” when he saw who her blood relative was.
Line of Duty continues on Sunday, April 18 at 9pm on BBC One.