In Rhineland-Palatinate, two police officers are shot dead during a traffic check. The background is unclear, the perpetrators on the run.
Kusel/Kaiserslautern – In the district of Kusel in the Palatinate, two police officers were fatally injured by gunfire during a traffic check on Monday night. This was announced by the police in Kaiserslautern. The background to what happened is still unclear. There is still no information on possible perpetrators.
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.
One policeman and one policeman killed during routine check
The police said a full search was being made for the fleeing perpetrators. Traces were secured at the scene of the crime. According to the information, there is no description of the perpetrators or the escape vehicle used. The direction of escape is also not known.
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.
We will keep you informed about the development. (ktho/dpa)