North Rhine-Westphalia: Deadly police shots in Dortmund – shooter suspended

After the deadly police shots at a 16-year-old refugee in Dortmund, the shooter was suspended.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Deadly police shots in Dortmund – shooter suspended

After the deadly police shots at a 16-year-old refugee in Dortmund, the shooter was suspended. The German press agency learned this from investigators. According to the Dortmund police, four other officers were initially transferred internally.

The police had made the disciplinary proceedings against the officials public on Thursday evening. However, it was not said which of the five officials concerned was suspended. When asked, the police did not provide any further official information on Friday.

According to the current state of the investigation, the suspended police officer shot the youth, who was armed with a knife, six times with his submachine gun. According to a new report to the interior committee of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament, which was published on Friday, four shots were taken. The officers also used pepper spray and tasers.

It happened on August 8th

The 16-year-old died in hospital. The shooter is currently under investigation for bodily harm resulting in death. According to the report, the public prosecutor's office is examining whether the investigation will be expanded to include manslaughter.

According to the status of the investigation, it is not clear whether and how the youth actually approached the officers with a knife. The police were called to the courtyard of a youth welfare facility on August 8, where the 16-year-old was holding a knife with a 15 to 20 centimeter blade to his stomach. The operation was therefore initially as an intervention in a suicide attempt.

Use was recorded

"We have a sound recording," said the responsible chief public prosecutor, Carsten Dombert, on Friday. The supervisor of the youth welfare facility, who dialed the emergency call and stayed close to the operation, stayed on the line the entire time. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) is still evaluating the recording and is waiting for the report.

The supervisor and the police officer in the control center can be heard, said Dombert. In the background you can also hear people talking and popping noises that could come from Tasers or submachine guns. The BKA is apparently able to extract and evaluate these noises.

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