Tributes paid to PSNI constable
Stormont justice minister David Ford said his thoughts were with the policewoman’s relatives and the injured officers.
“I was shocked to hear of this tragic incident which resulted in the death of a police constable who was carrying out her duties serving the community in the middle of the night,” he said.
"My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. I also send my best wishes to the two officers injured in this incident for a speedy and full recovery. It is hard to imagine how they, and indeed the wider PSNI family, are feeling."
“This is not the first time we have seen death and injury resulting from car crime. I call on those engaged in this crime to reflect on the consequences of their actions and stop this senseless activity.” The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman’s office has been informed.
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The Limavady Road at its junction with Glendermott Road and Clooney Terrace was closed while investigations were carried out.
Chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board Brian Rea said Ms Reynolds’ colleagues would be devastated after learning of the “terrible news”.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan extended his condolences. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with our friends in Northern Ireland as they mourn the loss of their colleague,” he said. “We also wish a speedy recovery to the officers injured in the incident.”
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed sympathy at the officer’s death.
In a joint statement, the ministers said: “This is devastating news and we want to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Police Officer’s family, friends and colleagues. We wish her two police officer colleagues a speedy and full recovery."
“Officers in the PSNI put their lives at risk on a daily basis to serve and protect our community and we are all truly grateful for their dedicated service.
“Those who commit a crime such as vehicle theft must realise their actions can have serious consequences. We urge anyone with information to go to the police.”