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Man kills himself during fire-fight with police

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Man kills himself during fire-fight with police
Photo: DPA
11:19 CEST+02:00
An autopsy on Sunday showed that a man killed himself during a fire-fight with police in the western German town of Mannheim on Saturday. Questions had been raised about who had fired the lethal shot.

Police were called to the scene when the 39-year-old threatened his landlord with a firearm during an argument. Police say the man had previously been suspected of gun and explosive-related crimes and was considered mentally unstable.

Officers in civilian clothes initially kept surveillance on the man's flat, but a fire-fight broke out when the suspect attempted to flee. He ran down the road and pulled a gun out of his rucksack. According to the police's account, the man pointed his gun at an officer, whereupon another officer shot him twice in the leg.

The man then apparently shot himself in the head and died instantly, though this was established only by the autopsy carried out on Sunday.

The man was carrying several dozen rounds of ammunition, while a rifle and more ammunition were found in his flat. The police also checked his flat for explosive booby-traps, but found none.

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