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Cops arrest teenagers after father shot dead

Police arrested two teenage boys on Monday afternoon after their lawyer father was shot dead in his Berlin office. Neighbours told The Local how they heard shots ring out on the upmarket street.

Cops arrest teenagers after father shot dead
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“The suspect let themselves into the office with a key,” a spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor told The Local.

“There was one gun involved but we don’t yet know what kind it was because it is gone,” he added.

The boys were held over night but released on Tuesday morning because, the prosecutor said, evidence against them was not strong enough to hold them for longer

As witnesses are sought and further evidence gathered, the legal weight of the suspicion against them could increase, he said, and refused to rule out that they could become prime suspects.

The tax advisor, identified only as Ingo W., died after a young man came into his office in a leafy area of west Berlin and fired several shots into his head and chest, according to Berlin newspaper BZ. He died later in hospital.

Police were called to the street in Charlottenburg at around 2.30pm and arrested the 49-year-old’s teenage sons who were in the family home next to the office. The boys, named as Constantin, 16, and Markus, 18, were kept in custody overnight.

Wife of the victim and mother of the boys, Katrin W., was reportedly being treated for shock at home. According to the Bild newspaper, the couple had been experiencing marital problems. It had been her 49th birthday on Sunday, the paper said.

“I heard gun shots, lots of them,” a middle-aged woman neighbour told The Local. “Then the police came.” She said she knew the family, but added: “I really don’t want to talk about that.”

Another neighbour said that she would see the two boys around three times a week and that “they were very nice, always said please and thank you.”

She added that she had never had any reason to think there was any violence in the family. Markus was a keen swimmer and Constantin was learning the cello, she said.

When The Local visited the area today the office was closed.

Berlin newspaper BZ reported that the victim’s three colleagues were in the office when he was shot. Medics tried to resuscitate him for around 40 minutes and took him to hospital once he had been stabilised, but he died shortly afterwards.

The Local/DPA/jcw/tsb

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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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