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Three police cadets injured in shooting prank

Three police cadets have been injured in a shooting incident in St Pölten, during a training session on Thursday.

Three police cadets injured in shooting prank
Glock guns. File photo: APA

The Heute newspaper reports that one of the cadets drew his Glock gun and fired it in high spirits, saying “let’s see whether this is loaded”.

The gun was indeed loaded and the bullet reportedly hit the floor, splintering and injuring the shooter in the thigh.

Thomas Heinreichsberger, a spokesman for Lower Austrian police, confirmed that the accident had happened and that four young cadets, two women and two men, were in the room at the time.

“One of the cadets was slightly injured in the thigh, and two of his colleagues suffered acoustic trauma,” Heinreichsberger told the Austrian Press Agency. All three were taken to hospital.

Heinreichsberger added that the exact circumstances of the accident were still being investigated and that all four cadets would be questioned.

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‘Decomposing smell’: Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

Austria's police department said they were called to an apartment complex in Vienna after a person was concerned about a "smell of decomposition".

'Decomposing smell': Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

This week, the Viennese police department started a weekly ‘series’ of sharing interesting stories on their social media accounts

Calling the series ‘Misunderstanding Wednesday’ (Missverständnismittwoch), the very first post is about a call they received to an apartment complex after a concerned citizen complained to emergency services about a “smell of decomposition in the staircase”.

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The alleged corpse, it turns out, was just the neighbour’s smelly shoes which were left in the building corridor, in front of their apartment.

The police didn’t say when exactly the incident took place.

“When our colleagues are called because of the ‘smell of decomposition in the staircase’… and notice that the stunk is from the neighbour’s shoes which were left in front of the apartment door”, the official Twitter account of the Vienna police department reads.

‘When in doubt it is an emergency’

The authorities were light-hearted about the misunderstanding, even sharing a “meme-like” picture on their social media accounts, saying “some missions turn out to be different than initially assumed”.

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However, they reiterated that the misunderstandings should not deter people from calling 133, the emergency police number. They added that in case of emergencies and even if you are not sure, the authorities should be called and they will assist you.

“Note: in case of doubt, it is an emergency”, the Vienna police department says. “Never be afraid to dial the emergency number.”

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