Status: 01/31/2022 3:52 p.m
After fatal shots were fired at two police officers in the Kusel district, the police are looking for the perpetrators. One is said to be a man known to the police with a gun license.
The police are apparently looking for a man who has been noticed in the past for hit and run and is said to have a gun license. The German press agency learned this from security circles. “We assume there are several armed perpetrators,” said a police spokeswoman in Kaiserslautern. A total of more than 50 tips from the population were received.
The police ask that no hitchhikers be picked up
The police have not yet released a description of the perpetrators or the getaway vehicle used. Witnesses who have seen anything suspicious are asked to contact the police on 0631/3692528.
The police are asking residents in the Kusel district (Rhineland-Palatinate) not to pick up hitchhikers. She believes at least one suspect is armed.
Politicians are dismayed
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser reacted with great dismay to the violent death of two police officers during a vehicle check in Rhineland-Palatinate. “Regardless of the motive behind the act, this act is reminiscent of an execution and it shows that police officers risk their lives for our security every day,” said the SPD politician. “My thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the victims. We will do everything we can to arrest the perpetrators.”
Faeser said she offered the Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz all the support needed to arrest the perpetrators as quickly as possible and for the investigation.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing and his counterpart in Mainz, Daniela Schmitt, were shocked. Wissing, who is also the head of the FDP in Rhineland-Palatinate, wrote on Twitter: “An act that shocks and stuns. With my thoughts, my sadness and my sympathy, I am with the victims, their families and friends and their colleagues …”. The FDP politician Schmitt spoke on Twitter of an “incomprehensible and cruel act”.
The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer and Interior Minister Roger Lewentz were “deeply shocked”. “Our thoughts are with the relatives,” said a statement from the two SPD politicians. “The act is appalling. We are very saddened that two young people lost their lives in the service.”
Mourning flags in Rhineland-Palatinate
Due to the events, Dreyer, in agreement with the Minister of the Interior, ordered mourning flags to be displayed in the country as a visible sign of mourning. Black ribbons are provided for all patrol cars in the country.
The designated Greens leader Omid Nouripour described the violent death as “extremely depressing”. Police officers were doing their service for the greater good and were working “millions of hours and overtime” especially during the pandemic. He expressed his condolences to the bereaved.
The Rhineland-Palatinate CDU state chairwoman Julia Klöckner was “shocked” by the act. “Two police officers who were doing their job were shot. Two officers who were there for our security, who have now become victims of incredible violence themselves,” said Klöckner. She expressed “full solidarity” with the families and relatives of the victims.
The police union (GdP) said it was “devastated by the violent death of a colleague”. “Our thoughts are with the relatives of the two dead and also with all colleagues. We are living through the real nightmare of all police officers,” said state chairwoman Sabrina Kunz.
Killed officers were on routine duty
During a traffic check in Rhineland-Palatinate during the night, a policewoman and a policeman from the Kusel Police Inspectorate were fatally injured by shots. The officers were on a routine patrol, police said. The fatal shots were fired at around 4:20 a.m. during a traffic check on District Road 22 in Ulmet. You could have sent a radio message, said a police spokesman.
When reinforcements arrived at the scene of the crime, it was already too late for the 24-year-old student at the Police College and her five-year-old colleague. The woman was dead immediately, the man was initially still alive, but died when the rescue workers arrived, a police spokesman reported. Both victims came from Saarland.
Two police officers killed in traffic stop
Johanna Wahl, SWR, daily news at 2:00 p.m., January 31, 2022