Police in mourning after gunman kills officer

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20 September 2004, SUECA - Police in the Valencian town of Sueca were Monday mourning an officer shot dead by a gunman during a siege.

20 September 2004

SUECA - Police in the Valencian town of Sueca were Monday mourning an officer shot dead by a gunman during a siege.

A 40-year-old man shot the police officer dead and wounded two others Saturday night in the eastern Spanish city of Sueca.

He surrendered after holing up in his house with a hunting rifle for 11 hours, officials said.

Felicisimo Maide surrendered at about 8.20am Sunday.

The man gave up after regional television station Canal Nou broadcast a message in which it blamed his psychological state on supposedly deficient medical treatment he received from the public health system.

The confrontation began at 7.30am Saturday when Sueca police went to Maide's home after a neighbour reported hearing shots fired inside the house.

Maide and his 40-year-old handicapped wife were having an argument about her supposed infidelity and his jealousy when the shots were fired.

The wife and the couple's two children, an 18-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, managed to get out of the house.

When police arrived, the man opened fire and killed a 35-year-old officer.

When a Civil Guard vehicle approached the house, Maide also fired on it, wounding two more officers.

Maide told EFE by telephone that at the beginning he thought he had only "wounded one police officer" and, when told he had killed the man, he said he had fired "in self-defence."

Maide tried to justify his actions by saying that his wife had deceived him "with another man she met on the Web."

An official day of mourning was called for the murdered officer.

Sueca, a city of 25,000, is in Valencia province on Spain's eastern coast.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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