German arrested over policeman's murder

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1 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A 45-year-old German man was arrested after a policeman was shot and killed and his colleague was seriously injured in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede on Thursday.

1 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — A 45-year-old German man was arrested after a policeman was shot and killed and his colleague was seriously injured in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede on Thursday.

The shooting took place at about 3pm. A police spokesman said the two officers were taken to hospital in a critical condition. One of the victims died in hospital.

The officer who died was shot in the chest at close range in the Noorderhagen shopping centre. He has been identified as a 47-year-old brigadier of the Enschede police.

Other officers chased the suspect and caught up with him on a school playground on the Blijdensteinlaan, where he allegedly shot a policeman in the head. Police overpowered the suspect shortly afterwards.

Police said on Thursday night that the second victim — a 30-year-old senior police officer — was no longer in a life threatening condition. But this was incorrect and the man is still in a criticial condition, it was reported Friday.

The suspect was reportedly involved in a drugs deal when the police officers approached to frisk him. The suspect, police claim, pulled a weapon from under his clothes and shot the first policeman in the chest.

The supect tried to flee, but other officers eventually caught up with him. Neither of the two injured police officers was wearing a bullet-proof vest. But the second group of officers called into assist were equipped with body armour, news agency ANP reported.

Condemning the shooting, Interior Minister Johan Remkes said there had been a "terrifying" rise in violence against police, firefighters and municipal council staff in recent years and that something had to be done about it.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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