A 41-year-old woman from the South Limburg border village of Eijsden was injured on Saturday afternoon in ‘s Gravenisjes, just across the border, during a shooting between the Belgian police and a German suspect. The woman became a passer-by in the firefight, the Public Prosecution Service in Hasselt, Belgium, announced.
The police wanted to check the 32-year-old German motorist in neighboring Moelingen around 5 p.m., but the man took off with his car. Chased by the police, he got stuck in ‘s Gravenisjes. The German then threatened the driver of another car with a firearm to rob him of his car.
At that moment a firefight ensued between the agents and the German. The German was seriously injured as a result. The woman from the Netherlands was also hit, but is not in danger, police said. It is not yet clear whose firearm she was hit by. Both injured have been taken to nearby hospitals.
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According to the public prosecutor’s office in Hasselt, there was a third victim. A 45-year-old woman was so upset by the shooting that she too had to be taken to hospital in shock.
Editorial office / ANP