The Groningen police reported discharging a fire arm at the residence of a man who lived on the Tussen Beide Markten street in the city centre.
Translation by Traci White
UPDATE: 11:32 a.m., Wednesday, 17 October
According to RTV Noord, eyewitnesses say that the man attempted to commit domestic violence. The 44-year-old man had reportedly kicked out his girlfriend and had thrown out her belongings. When she tried to come back, he apparently shot at her, which was why the police were called to take the weapon away.
Original story follows below:
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the person was wounded. The Tussen Beide Markten is the area between the Grote Markt and the Vismarkt in the city centre.
The police said that the man was in possession of a legal firearm, and the officers were tasked with seizing the weapon. The police stated on Twitter that they sought to detain the firearm because the man was recently involved in a dispute.
The agents say that in the process of trying to take the weapon, “the situation escalated and the officers felt that they needed to fire their weapons”, according to their official Twitter account.
Aanvulling schietincident #Groningen Bewoner was legaal in bezit van vuurwapen; collega’s hadden opdracht om zijn vuurwapen in te nemen. Daarom kwamen ze bij hem aan de deur. In de woning ontstond een situatie waarbij collega’s zich genoodzaakt voelden om te schieten.
— Politie Groningen (@polgroningen) October 17, 2018
The street was closed off on Wednesday morning in connection with the incident. The police also tweeted that the man was transported to hospital. The extent of his injuries is unclear, but they are reportedly not life threatening.
The National Police Internal Investigations Department will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the use of a police fire arm, which is standard procedure.
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