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Berlin Christmas Market Killer Shot Dead in Italian Shootout

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

After a several day manhunt setup across Europe, the suspected killer who hijacked a truck and blasted into the Berlin Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 and seriously injuring dozens more, was shot dead in the Italian city of Milan early Friday morning.

Around 3am, two Italian police officers stopped the man in question (editor note: we are intentionally leaving the suspects name out) after witnessing what they believed was suspicious activity. Upon asking for his papers, he pulled a gun out from his backpack and shot one of the officers, Cristian Movie, in the shoulder before ducking behind a car. The second officer, Luca Scatà, fired back, killing the Berlin suspect before he could get away.

 

Police were able to connect the fingerprints from the suspect to those found inside the truck used in the Berlin attack, but the investigation will continue as the search for anyone who may have been involved now becomes a priority.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference on Friday to thank the Italian police officers before adding that the “case raises a number of questions. We will now press ahead and look into in how far state measures need to be changed.” Merkel also took the time to express her condolences to all of the victims and their families in the Berlin attack.

Sources: Washington Post

Photo: Johnny Silvercloud [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
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