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Two arrested in hunt for cop killers

The Local · 29 Dec 2011, 15:35

Published: 29 Dec 2011 15:35 GMT+01:00

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Bavarian Radio reported Thursday the two men arrested were known to the authorities as coming from the Augsburg criminal scene, while the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper said the men were arrested by special commando teams.

Police officer Mathias Vieth, 41, was shot and killed while his partner suffered a bullet graze wound when they were attacked by two men who had fled when the officers approached them for a routine traffic check late on October 27.

The shooting followed a dramatic chase between the men who were on a motorcycle, and the police officers in a car, through woods near Augsburg, described by one senior police official as a James Bond type scene.

The drama of the chase and attack on the officers led detectives to suppose the two men responsible had serious crime backgrounds, with some speculation that they could have been involved in drugs.

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21:32 December 30, 2011 by Flint
The murderers will be out of prison in ten years.
13:13 December 31, 2011 by cassandra777
i would advise the bayerische polizei to rethink the policy of a man-woman team especially on the night shift. it is a fact of german culture that the woman waits for instruction and decision of the man. in this tragic case the suspect had time to unload an automatic machine pistol into the body of mathias vieth. while the polizistin suffered "a graze wound to the hip" she should in fact have aggressively confronted the suspect independently of veith and at least served to distract the shooter.

if the policy is women are equal partners with men, then it is time to send a team of two women on patrol.
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