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Chechen shot dead in Salzburg market town

A 53-year-old Chechen man was shot dead in the market town of Strasswalchen in the Flachau region of Salzburg on Thursday afternoon. Shortly afterwards police arrested a 54-year-old suspect - also from Chechnya - who was armed with a gun.

Chechen shot dead in Salzburg market town
Police investigate the crime scene. Photo: APA/MANFRED FESL

The dead man’s son discovered his father’s body and raised the alarm but paramedics were unable to revive him.

The suspect had fled on foot towards the forest on the edge of Strasswalchen, and several police cars pursued him.

Two kilometres from the crime scene the armed man was apprehended and arrested, offering no resistance to officers. 

In the presence of an interpreter he said that he and the victim had had an argument and that the 53-year-old had repeatedly insulted his honour. When he refused to back down the 54-year-old said he had drawn his gun and the two had tussled. He claimed that the gun went off during the scuffle and a bullet hit the younger man in the chest.

The Chechen did not have a license for the gun, and told police that he had “found it” two years ago in Vienna. He has been taken to Salzburg prison.

Groups of Chechens and Afghans recently clashed on the streets of Salzburg and the city’s Director of Security, Franz Ruf, told the Kronen Zeitung paper that violent crimes are increasingly associated with both groups of refugees. 

A local police chief from Strasswalchen told the paper that people in the town used to leave their doors unlocked but increasingly instances of theft and break-ins meant they were less trusting.

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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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