Officers searching a field on Thursday near the scene of the killing. Photo: DPA
UPDATE: A suspect has been arrested following the killing of an off-duty police officer in western Germany on Wednesday night. The shooting sparked a large manhunt near Frankfurt
Late on Thursday police in Darmstadt said they had arrested a 57-year-old man at his apartment following a tip-off. He has already confessed, according to police
The motive for Wednesday’s killing remains unclear, but it had nothing to do with the victim's career choice, investigators said on Friday.
The officer was shot while walking his dog with his wife and a friend around the edge of a field.
The group noticed a man following them who kept stopping when they stopped.
When the police officer, who was dressed in civilian clothes, challenged him, the shooter opened fire.
"We're appalled by the murder of our colleague in southern Hesse and are stunned by this cruel, cowardly and senseless act," said Heini Schmidt, head of the regional chapter of the DPolG police union.
"We hope that the brutal murderer will be caught very soon and given his just punishment, even though this can be of no comfort and will not bring our colleague back."
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