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Man kills himself during fire-fight with police

DDP/DPA/The Local · 1 Aug 2010, 11:19

Published: 01 Aug 2010 11:19 GMT+02:00

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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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11:44 August 1, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Would have been cheaper to pay his rent instead of buying all those guns.
13:20 August 1, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
Hey monkey, how do you know it was about rent? maybe he didn't agree with something else going on there...
13:28 August 1, 2010 by MonkeyMania
So that makes it alright to threaten his landlord with a gun?
21:54 August 1, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
MonkeyMania, I asked the question because i didn't read it in the story. Maybe you have another source of info from the area. But it seems more like you jump to conclusions by the question you asked me.

Well it would have save a lot of trouble if he had just went out to some place and committed suicide rather than what he did.
00:04 August 3, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Something doesn't add up. Sounds like suicide-by-cop to me. Otherwise he could have just offed himself in the privacy of his own bathroom.
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