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Mourners remember slain Augsburg officer

Police in Augsburg have offered a reward of €55,000 for help leading to the arrest of two men responsible for the murder of an officer in Augsburg 10 days ago. Nearly 2,000 people gathered to remember the victim on Monday.

Mourners remember slain Augsburg officer
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Mathias Vieth, 41, was gunned downed down October 28 as he and another police officer attempted to perform a routine traffic check on two men riding a motorcycle.

The shooting, which left the other officer with a bullet graze injury prompted a manhunt through the woods near the Bavarian city, although the suspects – thought to have been involved in a drug deal – were not found.

On Monday, however, officials and officers tried to simply remember Vieth who has been described as dedicated to his family and serving the community. He was also remembered as a mentor to younger police officers.

At the entrance to the city’s catholic cathedral, officers formed a guard of honour.

Later Bishop Konrad Zdarsa spoke of a “vicious and brutal” crime that stole Vieth from the community he was trying to protect.

Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s interior minister, appeared to still be shaken by the shooting as he said: “It is very difficult for us to understand this horrible crime.”

The suspects remain at large and police say they lack any serious leads, said Gerhard Schlögl, a chief constable who is involved in the investigation.

About 400 tips received from the public are being analysed by a special commission. The reward can be claimed by anyone offering information leading to the capture of the perpetrators.

DAPD/The Local/mdm

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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