A youth is said to have attacked a police officer with a knife. At least five shots were fired, and the 16-year-old died a little later in the hospital.
Dortmund – The shots at the 16-year-old who died after a police operation were fired from a police officer’s submachine gun.
According to the preliminary autopsy findings, the young person was hit by five shots, said the responsible senior public prosecutor Carsten Dombert on Tuesday. The “Bild” had previously reported on the use of a submachine gun.
Shots from the submachine gun
According to Dombert, six projectile casings were found, so six shots must have been fired. The shots hit the 16-year-old on Monday in Dortmund in the stomach, jaw, forearm and twice in the shoulder. According to the police, the youth had attacked the officers with a knife during the operation. There were 11 police officers on site, one of them fired the shots from the submachine gun, said senior public prosecutor Dombert. As is usual in such cases, he will initially be listed as a suspect. It is about the initial suspicion of bodily harm resulting in death.
Police in North Rhine-Westphalia use Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine guns. Frank Schniedermeier from the board of directors of the NRW police union said that there were regular shooting training sessions with all the weapons used by the police.
The police were called to an inner courtyard between a church and a youth welfare facility in the north of Dortmund on Monday afternoon. The 16-year-old is said to have been looked after there for a short time. According to the chief prosecutor, one of the supervisors called the police because he saw the youth with a knife. His exact motivation still has to be clarified, among other things suicidality is in the room. According to the police, he died on Monday after the shots during an emergency operation in the hospital. For reasons of neutrality, the Recklinghausen police have been entrusted with the investigation. dpa