Utrecht officer designated as suspect

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2 May 2007, UTRECHT - The police officer who shot a 54-year-old man in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep in March has been designated a suspect. A spokesperson for the public prosecution department (OM) said this on Wednesday.

2 May 2007

UTRECHT  - The police officer who shot a 54-year-old man in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep in March has been designated a suspect. A spokesperson for the public prosecution department (OM) said this on Wednesday.

Until now the man was considered a witness in the case.

The spokesperson said that an crime and suspect must be identified in order to open an inquest.

The investigating magistrate will soon commission a reconstruction of the incident. It is unclear when the investigation will be concluded; until that point it is not known whether the justice department will prosecutor the officer.

The officer says he shot the Utrecht resident after the man threatened him with a knife. The man died of the gunshot wound later that night.

Riots broke out in the neighbourhood after the incident.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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