Cop shoots at cop in slapstick robbery

A bungling Berlin policeman called to a jewellery shop robbery fired his gun at a colleague in plain clothes who had also answered the call – but was such a bad shot that no-one was hurt.

Cop shoots at cop in slapstick robbery
Photo: DPA

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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Blaze-hit section of Berlin’s Grunewald forest to ‘remain shut for years’

The closure in Berlin Grunewald, where a disastrous fire spread earlier this month, is due to exploded munition remnants littering the forest floor.

Blaze-hit section of Berlin’s Grunewald forest to 'remain shut for years'

Two weeks since a devastating fire ravaged part of Berlin’s Grunewald forest, the head of the city’s forests division says the burned out section will have to shut for the next few years.

At 3,000 hectares (about 7,400 acres), Grunewald is the largest green space in Berlin and located on the city’s western edge. The forest – which is nicknamed the ‘green lung’ of Berlin – is a popular area for hiking, biking, and swimming in its lakes.

The forest’s southern half also contains Sprengplatz, an area set up in 1950 to collect and detonate leftover munitions from WWII, particularly those left by allied bombing raids of the then-Nazi capital.

The fire, which broke out at Sprengplatz, scattered detonated many pieces of leftover munitions all over the surrounding forest floor.

READ ALSO: ‘Unprecedented’: How explosions and fires have rocked Berlin’s Grunewald forest

Berlin Forests says the police will be detonating larger explosives in the coming weeks, but that it will take much longer to search for and safely dispose of smaller pieces.

“It’s very time-consuming work and it will take years to collect everything,” Berlin Forests Head Gunnar Heyne told regional broadcaster rbb. “The forest will remain closed for at least that long.”

Heyne is confident though, that the forest itself will recover well quickly, particularly its oak and poplar trees.

While the area around Sprengplatz will remain shut, much of the rest of the forest, including the path to Grunewald’s popular Teufelsee—or “Devil’s Lake,” remain open.

READ ALSO: Firefighters bring Berlin forest fire under control after munitions explosion