German police kill gunman in roadside clash

26th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Gunman is killed in confrontation with police

Bayreuth -- A 53-year-old man who pulled a gun and shot a policeman was killed on Sunday, German police said.

A second policeman shot and fatally wounded the offender in the clash on a roadside near the Bavarian city of Bayreuth.

Armed confrontations with police on patrol are a rarity in Germany and police seldom draw their pistols.

The first policeman was seriously wounded by several bullets, but his condition was not critical.

A spokesman said the two policemen had routinely asked the man his identity as he was walking or riding a bicycle on a federal highway, close to the on-ramp to an autobahn.

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