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Police kill fleeing drug dealer with bad shot

UPDATE: A policeman who shot a fleeing man wanted on drug charges in the back of the head has been suspended pending a manslaughter investigation. The officer claimed he had aimed for his legs.

Police kill fleeing drug dealer with bad shot
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A 33-year-old man died early on Friday evening as police tried to arrest him in Burghausen, eastern Bavaria.

A plainclothes policeman said he had fired a warning shot in the backyard of the residential block before shooting at the man in an attempt to stop him escaping. 

The suspect died immediately at the scene with a bullet to the back of his head, but the officer later said he meant to shoot him in the legs.

An autopsy was carried out on the body in Munich over the weekend.

The Bavarian Office for Criminal Investigation (LKA) has taken over the case and charged the officer with manslaughter through negligence, police said in a statement on Monday.

Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses and fellow officers who saw the incident unfold.

The 33-year-old was wanted for drug offences. A warrant for his arrest was issued several months ago.

It is not clear whether he had been armed or had threatened the officer. 

Around 50 people joined a protest on Saturday in Burghausen against "police violence" after the killing.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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