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Police hunt armed pupil, school evacuated

A high school in southern Germany has been evacuated after pupils and teachers heard a gun shot on Tuesday. The pupil, who is thought to have two guns, is missing. No-one has been injured.

Police hunt armed pupil, school evacuated
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Around 280 children and staff at the high school in Memmingen, Bavaria, locked themselves in their classrooms after they heard a gun being fired in the lobby of the school.

A warning also came over the school’s intercom system instructing children not to leave their classrooms until police could get them all out of the building and to the car park of a nearby supermarket, where buses had been arranged to take them to safety.

Police cordoned off the building and surrounding grounds and searched for the 15-year-old pupil who has gone missing. At 4pm they gave the all clear for the school building, but announced that he was missing and they did not know where he was.

Three pupils told the police how the boy had brought two guns into school that day and had seen him holding them in the lobby area.

A helicopter is circling the area and a team of emergency doctors are waiting outside the school, should a confrontation with the pupil turn violent. They do not yet know what kind of guns the pupil may have.

According to reports from regional radio station Bayerische Rundfunk the guns probably belonged to the father of the pupil but police have not confirmed this.

DPA/DAPD/The Local/jcw

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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