Police shoot German dead in Amsterdam park

9th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have launched an investigation into a bizarre incident on Sunday in which a 20-year-old German man was shot dead in the public gardens of Frederiksplein in Amsterdam after he fired at approaching officers.

9 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have launched an investigation into a bizarre incident on Sunday in which a 20-year-old German man was shot dead in the public gardens of Frederiksplein in Amsterdam after he fired at approaching officers.

The German had earlier pulled a weapon on Saturday night at the police station on the Ferdinand Bolstraat in the Amsterdam suburb De Pijp. He had said he wanted to talk to police about a car accident he was involved in last week.

Without warning, he produced a gun and threatened the attending police officer, who was forced to take cover behind the station desk. The gunman then escaped from the police station, news agency ANP reported.

De Pijp is a district popular with expats living in the Netherlands, and Frederiksplein is a short distance from Rembrantsplein, a major tourist area in the Dutch capital.

Police searched in vain the entire night and the following morning for the man, who then called at about 5pm on Sunday from a public telephone box on the Westeinde, close to Frederiksplein where the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) is located. The man again asked to talk to police.

Police officers with bullet-proof vests were dispatched to the scene, where they saw the man's jacket hanging in a telephone box.

He was then seen sitting in the small park on the Frederiksplein. He then stood up and started firing a handgun at police officers, who then returned fire.

An RTL Nieuws television crew at the scene captured the chaotic scene as up to 20 shots were fired in the ensuing gun battle. 

The television footage shows several police vehicles at the edge of the park as officers prepare to approach the man. He can then be seen levelling a weapon and opening fire.

A police woman is seen taking cover behind a squad car as the German appeared to fire in her direction. Two bystanders are shown ducking for cover behind some bushes in the park.

The gunman then runs by them and out of sight of the camera. The shooting continues and a short time later, police officers are shown standing over the man's body. Blood can clearly been seen on his chest. Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he died at the scene.

People who witnessed the shooting reacted with shock when they spoke to RTL. No bystanders were reported injured in the incident.

The police officers involved in the shooting were also unhurt, but are being given counselling. It is not yet clear why the man started shooting and detectives have launched an investigation into the background of the incident.

The only information about the gunman is that he was a German national, aged 20.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, German news, German gunman, shooting in Amsterdam

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