Area calm despite fatal shooting
6 August 2007 LEENS - Almost pleasant, is how you might describe the atmosphere Monday in the Prinses Beatrixstraat in Leens where a resident was shot and killed by police on Sunday night.
6 August 2007
LEENS - Almost pleasant, is how you might describe the atmosphere Monday in the Prinses Beatrixstraat in Leens where a resident was shot and killed by police on Sunday night.
The word "pleasant" may be somewhat inappropriate, but neighbourhood residents look on relaxed and curious as members of the forensic investigation team walk in and out of the white tents set up in front of the victim's home. Officers of the Groningen regional police talk with residents from time to time. There is no sign of aggression towards the police in this village in northern Groningen on Monday.
The public prosecution department in Groningen still cannot say exactly what provoked the shooting. But neighbourhood residents say they saw a great deal of what happened and know what probably happened.
Witnesses report the 33-year-old victim and his wife had been arguing Sunday evening. Shortly before 10 pm the wife came to the neighbours to apologise for the noise caused by the argument. When she returned home however her husband would not let her in the door. Two neighbours came over to help the woman. The 33-year-old man was so angry that he injured himself with a knife. He responded very aggressively, witnesses say, and tried to assault one of the neighbours with the knife.
At that point police arrived, the witnesses say. An officer fired a shot which proved deadly.
The police officer apparently fired a shot because "he felt he had to shoot." The public prosecution department announced this on Monday. The question of what exactly prompted the officer to use his weapon will have to be answered by an investigation by the national criminal investigation service, a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the criminal investigation service has already started its investigation into the incident. The detectives are being assisted by the forensic investigation team from the IJsselland district police. It is customary that police officers from outside the district where the incident took place are called in for the investigation.
The public prosecution department says it cannot give any more information about the incident until the results of the investigation have been published.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news