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Armed man barricades himself in petrol station in Bochum

A major police operation is taking place in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, after a man barricaded himself in a petrol station with an employee.

Armed man barricades himself in petrol station in Bochum
A major police operation is underway at a petrol station in Bochum. Photo: DPA

Police said the incident was ongoing in the Langendreer district of the city, which is situated between Dortmund and Essen.

An armed man has barricaded himself in the gas station with an employee, RP Online reports. The police have ruled out a terrorist situation.

Officers have been at the site since 7:30 am with a “strong” presence, a police spokesperson said. A special task force (SEK) is also on the scene.

DPA reports that a man has been holding the female employee prisoner. Police are in contact with the perpetrator.

However, police have not confirmed that it is a hostage situation. “The situation is stable” said a spokesperson. “We are in contact with the man.”

Police have been posting information about the situation on Twitter. 

Roads around the petrol station have been closed and authorities urged motorists to avoid the area.

It is thought that the man acted out in response to a situation in his private life, reports DPA. Additional details about the case remain unclear.

Radio Bochum reports that the Rudolf Steiner school and a Waldorf kindergarten in the immediate vicinity are also affected. There is no danger, but teachers have been asked to keep the children in the buildings as a precautionary safety measure.

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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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