It emerged on Thursday that the police operation that led to an officer being run over late on Wednesday night in Stuttgart was related to drug offences.
Police in Baden-Württemberg raided addresses in three locations in an attempt to arrest five men aged between 18 and 23 suspected of dealing marijuana, amphetamines and cocaine. The police found kilos of cocaine during their search of the premises.
Police reported that they had surrounded the two criminals' car at a junction in the centre of the city late on Wednesday, as part of an operation to round up several suspects.
But the men accelerated and ran over one of the officers from the Special Response Unit (SEK) sent to detain them.
His comrades immediately opened fire, hitting both men and badly injuring them.
The policeman and both criminals were all rushed to hospital and taken into emergency surgery.
While the officer was believed to be in a critical condition, police said on Thursday morning that he was out of danger.
During the search of the vehicle, police found 4 kilograms of marijuana.