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Cop shoots at cop in slapstick robbery

The Local · 26 Mar 2012, 11:21

Published: 26 Mar 2012 11:21 GMT+02:00

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The confusion arose after two pairs of officers went to the jewellery shop in the early hours of Sunday when a passer-by reported robbers moving around inside, Berlin police said in a statement on Monday.

The plain clothes pair went around the back of the building to investigate – unbeknownst to their uniformed colleagues arriving at the front.

They in turn heard noise from the back of the shop, drew their weapons and shouted for the robbers to come out with their hands up.

One of the plain clothes officers ran around to the front of the building, gun in hand, to help with the arrest – and found himself under fire from his colleagues who thought he was a robber.

Once the Keystone-esque mix-up had been clarified – and it was established that no-one had been hit – the police officers went upstairs together and arrested a suspect.

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13:48 March 26, 2012 by Harry Grouse
Proof positive that the Glock pistol is to much for officers and they do not get sufficient pistol or response traing. Do you feel safe when police are responding remember how many oficers shot themselves in the foot with these pistols. Give them revolvers and send them back to training
14:06 March 26, 2012 by lucksi
You'd think you'd have a bit more of a self preservation instinct as a plain clothes cop because you are not easily identifyable, especially when you are running around with a gun drawn...
14:31 March 26, 2012 by auniquecorn
Shoot first, ask questions later.

I bet if it was an old lady running and carring a phone, they would of got her.
15:22 March 26, 2012 by nemo999
Thank god all that time on the marksmanship range paid off.
22:06 March 26, 2012 by wood artist

Yes, at least in the US, it IS standard policy if the report says "people were seen" or if a door is found open or a lock broken. If you enter without having drawn, you are asking to be shot or assaulted, because you will not have the time to draw if you actually encounter someone. I can't speak to the usual procedures in Germany, but I would suspect they are similar. I also don't know the likelihood that a German criminal will be carrying a firearm, but it seems they sometimes do.

As for your question "a good reason" the answer is...the danger of being shot is a pretty good reason.

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