Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Attacker shot dead after knife attack on police officers

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Attacker shot dead after stabbing police officer

In Jarmen, a police officer was seriously injured with a knife. The attacker died from gunshot wounds. photo

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Police officers wanted to arrest a man in the small town of Jarmen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania when the situation apparently escalated. With serious consequences. Much remains speculative for the time being.

After the deadly shot by a police officer at a 32-year-old attacker on Friday evening in Jarmen (West Pomerania-Greifswald), the circumstances of the incident remain open for the time being. As a police spokeswoman in Neubrandenburg said, the criminal investigation is also ongoing over the weekend.

The responsible public prosecutor’s office in Stralsund will inform about the results on Monday at the earliest. According to reports, there was an arrest warrant for the man, which was to be executed by the officials. The reasons for the escalation of the situation remained unclear.

According to previous knowledge, the man was in an exceptional psychological situation and in this state attacked one of the police officers who had been summoned with a knife. The officer was reportedly seriously injured and had to be taken to a hospital.

Incident near the center of Jarmen

In the course of this argument, the firearm was used against the 32-year-old German suspect. The aim was to “make the man unable to attack,” the police said in a statement. The man succumbed to the serious gunshot wounds at the scene, a private property.

According to media reports, the incident happened not far from the center of the small town in Western Pomerania. As the daily newspaper “Nordkurier” reported, the crews of several patrol cars, paramedics and firefighters were involved in the operation. According to NDR information, the injured police officer is 47 years old. He was the first to arrive with two other colleagues. It was not disclosed who fired the fatal shot. According to reports, it was the officer directly attacked.

As a spokesman for the police union GdP said on request, patrol officers are prepared for such situations. The processes involved in the event of threats are regularly trained, including the use of firearms. Nevertheless, every police officer is under extreme mental stress in an emergency. “You have to make the right decision in fractions of a second,” said the spokesman. The action of the police officer is routinely checked by the public prosecutor after such a use of firearms.


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