Two police officers are shot dead in Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate. There are many indications that poaching could be the motive for the shots.
- A policewoman and a policeman were shot dead in Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate.
- Two suspects are in custody.
- Read all developments here.
Update from Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, 6.30 a.m .: The Saarland state government calls for a minute’s silence for the two police officers from Saarland who were killed on duty in Kusel, Rhineland-Palatinate. On Friday at 10 a.m., the minute’s silence should be a sign of solidarity with the police and the families of the two victims, said Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) in Saarbrücken.
Meanwhile, new details about the alleged shooter Andreas S. are known. As Der Spiegel reports, the suspect is said to have operated a wholesale business in what is currently illegally shot game. Investigators are said to have secured tons of ready-to-sell, frozen meat during a search of storage rooms in Sulzbach (Saarland). As Der Spiegel further reports, sales documents should suggest that Andreas S. could have earned around 40,000 euros with his illegal business between September and the beginning of January.
According to his lawyer, the second suspect, 32-year-old Florian V., still denies having shot the police officer.
After deadly shots in Kusel: Higher penalties for attacks on police officers demanded
+++ 2.33 p.m .: After the double murder of the police officer and the chief commissioner in Kusel, several interior ministers of the Union have demanded higher penalties for attacks on police officers. “The minimum penalties must be increased,” said Saxony’s Minister of the Interior, Roland Wöller, to Bild TV on Wednesday (February 2, 2022). The CDU politician is demanding at least six months in prison. In the past legislative period, the penalties were tightened to up to five years in prison, but a fine was not sufficient as the minimum penalty. Saarland’s Interior Minister Klaus Bouillon also called for “clear signs”.
The North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of the Interior, Herbert Reul (CDU), called for more social support for the police. “The police officers also want to know that we are doing something for them, too,” he said. Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Hermann (CSU*) also called for more respect for the police. “These are men and women who put their heads down for our safety every day and every night,” he said. They would have “damn well deserved the full backing of the political leadership from all parties”.
+++ 1:20 p.m .: In order to cover up poaching, two men in Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate allegedly shot a police officer and a police officer. The motive also caused bewilderment among the police and public prosecutors. The suspects would be psychiatrically examined, said senior public prosecutor Stefan Orthen at a press conference on Tuesday (February 1st, 2022). Experience has shown that results would result from this. “At the moment I can’t tell you anything about it, except that you’re stunned in front of it, that can’t be explained.”
Deadly shots in Kusel: “Fathers, mothers, children – people are in the uniform”
+++ 10.35 a.m .: The dismay after the fact in Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate is still great. Many people are shocked. The volunteer fire brigade of the city of Lichtenfels (Upper Franconia) also made an emotional statement. “Regardless of whether it is voluntary or full-time, the blue light family – fire brigade, police, rescue services, THW – everyone in our country is repeatedly confronted with violence against their emergency services,” writes the fire brigade on Facebook.
It was the same night in Rhineland-Palatinate when a 29-year-old police officer and a 24-year-old policewoman “were shot in the most cowardly way.” With this post, the fire brigade would like to show solidarity “with all (uniformed) emergency services Out there, today in particular with the Rhineland-Palatinate police, but also with the colleagues here at home from the Upper Franconia police.” The Lichtenfels volunteer fire brigade expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families of the two police officers who were killed. “In the uniform there are fathers, mothers, children, siblings, friends – PEOPLE!
We demand: No violence against emergency services! ”It says in the post.
Killed police officers in Kusel – donation account set up
+++ 7 a.m.: As the Police Foundation of Rhineland-Palatinate announced on Tuesday, a donation account was set up for the families of the deceased 24-year-old police officer and the 29-year-old police officer. The relatives should be financially supported with the intended purpose “Two of us”.
The proceeds are also intended to help the police officers who were involved in the incident in Kusel and who worked with the two victims. The Saarbrücker Zeitung reports on this. The Rhineland-Palatinate police union also promised to support the donation account. The donations are intended to help the families, but also “all colleagues who were directly involved in the events or who worked with the colleague in everyday life,” wrote the union on social media.
After deadly shots at the police: New details about the suspects published
Update from February 2nd, 2022, 4:20 a.m .: After the fatal shots at a police officer in the Palatinate, the investigators are investigating further details on the two arrested suspects on Wednesday (February 2nd, 2022). Among other things, the authorities want to clarify whether the men had gun ownership cards, as the public prosecutor in Kaiserslautern announced. When the men were arrested on Monday in Saarland, a large arsenal of weapons was secured. The investigators also want to investigate the approximately 150 tips that had been received about the crime until the very end.
Since Tuesday (February 1st, 2022), the 32 and 38-year-old Saarlanders have been in custody on suspicion of joint murder and poaching. Investigators suspect that the men wanted to cover up poaching. The trunk of her van was full of game.
Rhineland-Palatinate: “Anyone who attacks the police attacks us all, the whole of society”
+++ 16:31: The deadly shots in Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate cause great horror nationwide. The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD), once again expressed her sadness and horror at the murder of the two officials. “They were cruelly murdered to protect us and give us security,” said Dreyer in Mainz. “They stood up for our state and paid with their lives in the most brutal way.” Dreyer added: “Anyone who attacks the police attacks us all, the whole of society.”
State President Hendrik Hering (SPD) said that two young people had been taken from their lives “in a senseless and brutal way”. “They were murdered because they defended our constitutional state, our democracy.” Dreyer and Hering and other leading politicians from Rhineland-Palatinate signed a book of condolences.
Deadly shots at the police: motive well determined – suspect submits partial confession
+++ 15.36: New turn in the case of the deadly shots at the police in Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate. Now one of the suspects in the murder of two police officers has made a partial confession. He had admitted the accusation of poaching, said senior public prosecutor Stefan Orthen on Tuesday at a press conference on the current status of the investigation. Shots were also fired. However, the 32-year-old denied having shot himself.
A 38-year-old, who is considered the main perpetrator by the investigators, made use of his right to remain silent. Investigators assume that each of the two suspects fired. At least two different firearms were used. Meanwhile, friends and relatives of the two dead are deeply dismayed. The friends of the police officer killed in Kusel have now found emotional words on Facebook.
Deadly shots at the police in Kusel: investigators name a possible motive
+++ 2.40 p.m .: There is still dismay after the fatal shots at a police officer and his colleague in the Kusel district. Now the police investigators have given new details about the incident in Rhineland-Palatinate in a statement.
Apparently, the cover-up of poaching could be a possible motive. The investigating judge assumes that the two 38 and 32-year-old suspects committed the crime together in order to cover up the previous poaching, said senior public prosecutor Stefan Orthen in a press statement on Tuesday. Game was found in the trunk of the suspect’s car.
After the deadly shots at the police in Kusel: “Something like this should happen to you much more often”
+++ 12.35 p.m .: After the fatal shots at two young police officers from Saarland, the investigators have secured a large arsenal of weapons from the suspects. As reported by security circles on Tuesday, the police found five handguns, a repeating rifle, ten other long guns, a crossbow and a silencer and ammunition during a house search in Spiesen-Elversberg, Saarland. According to the information, the investigators assume that the arrested 38-year-old suspect had access to the weapons.
Two long guns were found in the home of the second suspect, it said. The 32-year-old had declared his willingness to testify.
+++ 12.20 p.m .: On the day of the fatal shots at the policewoman and the policeman in the West Palatinate, a man in Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia had two officials with the words “Something like this morning in Rhineland-Palatinate should happen to you much more often”. abused. After his allusion to the violent death of the officers, he added that the police officers would then no longer “behave like the kings of the world,” the police said on Tuesday. The 39-year-old got into an argument with a patrol car crew on Monday evening – after he had obstructed them while driving to a theft operation.
After the deadly shots at the police in Kusel: “Something like this should happen to you much more often”
+++ 11.35 a.m .: After a police officer and a police officer were shot during a routine check, people across the country are shocked. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) wrote on Twitter: “Regardless of the motive: this act is reminiscent of an execution.” But in the so-called “lateral thinker” scene, the act sometimes caused applause.
The Volksverpetzer reports that a user in a “lateral thinker” group wrote: “Pity is limited.” Another voice in one of the groups wrote: “2 less on walks.” According to the portal, it says on Telegram moreover: “Your own fault.” After all, the police should protect the population and not “take action against them”.
Meanwhile, the two suspects will be brought before an investigating judge from eleven o’clock, reports the “SWR”. Then it will be decided whether the legal requirements for pre-trial detention are met.
PK at 2 p.m. following the fatal shooting of two police officers
+++ 10.35 a.m .: After the fatal shots at two police officers in the Palatinate, the two suspects are to be brought before the investigating judge on Tuesday. That said a police spokeswoman in Kaiserslautern. The timing was initially unclear.
+++ 8:28 a.m .: In the case of the fatal shots at two police officers in the Palatinate, the investigators want to comment early on Tuesday afternoon. A press conference by the police and public prosecutor’s office is expected to take place at 2:00 p.m., a spokesman said on Tuesday morning in Kaiserslautern.
After the deadly shots at two police forces: many questions remain unanswered
Update from Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, 4:30 a.m .: In the case of the fatal shots at two police officers in the Palatinate, many questions are still unanswered despite two arrests. The investigation is proceeding swiftly. The search measures are being continued because, according to the police, it cannot be ruled out that there are other accomplices. On Tuesday (February 1st, 2022) the investigators in Kaiserslautern want to comment on the current status.
On Monday evening, the police arrested two Germans. First, a 38-year-old – a game dealer from the Saarland district of Neunkirchen – turned himself in to the authorities after he was publicly searched for. The suspect reported to the police through his lawyer and was arrested in front of a house in Sulzbach, Saarland, a police spokesman for the German Press Agency reported.
Two police officers shot dead at traffic control: suspect turns himself in
+++ 19.10: After the fatal shots at two police officers, the 38-year-old wanted by the manhunt turned himself in. He reported to the police through his lawyer and was then arrested in front of a house in Sulzbach, Saarland, a police spokesman for the German Press Agency reported. The police had previously announced his arrest. On Tuesday (February 1st, 2022) the man is to be brought before the magistrate. He initially made no statement.
+++ 17.45: After the murder of two police officers in Rhineland-Palatinate, the police were able to arrest a suspect. It was the 38-year-old man from Saarland who had previously been put out to search, as a spokesman for the West Palatinate police headquarters in Kaiserslautern said. The man was arrested in Saarland.
Police officers shot in Rhineland-Palatinate: Those killed come from Saarland
+++ 2.10 p.m .: According to the Saarbrücken Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU *), the police officers shot in the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Kusel both came from Saarland. He had asked his Interior Minister Klaus Bouillon (CDU) “to set the flags in Saarland at half-mast as an expression of sadness and solidarity,” said Hans on Twitter on Monday.
According to a statement from his state chancellery, the head of government was “deeply shaken” and “absolutely stunned”. The Saarland police support their colleagues in Rhineland-Palatinate “with all means in the investigation of this terrible crime”. Hans emphasized: “My thoughts are with the relatives and I wish the families, friends and colleagues a lot of strength in these difficult hours.”
Rhineland-Palatinate: Killed police officers wore uniform
+++ 1:20 p.m .: The two police officers killed during a traffic check in the Palatinate wore uniforms. Although they were traveling in a civilian patrol car, they wore a uniform and safety vests, a police spokeswoman in Kaiserslautern reported.
Meanwhile, the Kusel district administrator Otto Rubly (CDU) pleaded with the opponents of the anti-corona measures* to refrain from protesting in the district on Monday. The police forces are bound by the search for the shooters, so “reasonableness and respect” dictate not to take part in the announced Monday meetings in Kusel and Waldmohr.
Before she died, the police yelled over the radio: “They’re shooting.”
+++ 11.23 a.m .: Federal Minister of the Interior 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 apprehend the perpetrators.”
+++ 11.00 a.m .: Before they were killed by shots, according to information from security circles, the police officers were able to contact their colleagues with the words: “They shoot.” Accordingly, they had previously informed their colleagues that they had dead game found in the vehicle. It was initially unclear what caused the vehicle inspection on the district road in Rhineland-Palatinate, which was not very busy at this time.
Meanwhile, Thuringian politicians have reacted with sadness and dismay. Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Linke*) tweeted: “We mourn the police officers in Rhineland-Palatinate who were cowardly murdered on duty!” Interior Minister Georg Maier (SPD*) spoke on Twitter of a “sneaky act” that was stunned make.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Killed policewoman (24) was a student
+++ 9.35 a.m .: According to the police union (GdP), the policewoman who was shot during a traffic check in the Kusel district was a student. The 24-year-old police candidate was still studying at the police university, the GdP announced on Monday. Her colleague who was killed was said to be 29 years old.
First report from Monday, January 31, 2022, 7:51 a.m.: Kusel/Kaiserslautern – The search for the perpetrators is running at full speed after the deadly shots at a police officer in the Kusel district. The Rhineland-Palatinate police are supported by colleagues from Saarland, said a spokeswoman in Kaiserslautern on Monday.
In the district of Kusel in the Palatinate, two police officers were fatally injured by gunfire during a traffic check on Monday night. The background to what happened is still unclear. There is still no information on possible perpetrators.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Two police officers shot at traffic control
The officer and the officer from the Kusel Police Inspectorate were on a routine patrol. The fatal shots were fired during a traffic check on District Road 22 in Ulmet at around 4:20 a.m. The police officers could have sent a radio message themselves, said a police spokesman. When reinforcements arrived at the scene, it was already too late for the 24-year-old police officer and her 29-year-old colleague.
District road 22 is completely closed at Mayweilerhof and Ulmet. The police are asking residents not to pick up hitchhikers in the Kusel district. At least one suspect is armed. Witnesses who have noticed something suspicious are asked to contact the Kaiserslautern police on 0631 3692620. (ktho/dpa/AFP) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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