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Injured policeman’s death denied by Police

A young police officer shot in the head by a supermarket robber has died in hospital, according to a report from the Austrian news source Heute. Meanwhile, the Vienna Police department's official Facebook page is denying his death, and is asking media to stop spreading such rumours.

Injured policeman's death denied by Police
This WEGA armored vehicle was used in the police operation. Photo: Der Polizist/Wikimedia

Heute still claims on its web site that “high ranking police officers” have confirmed the death of the young police officer.

He was one of three police officers who were the first to respond when a silent alarm was triggered by supermarket employees who were being held hostage by an armed robber in a Billa supermarket in the Penzing district of Vienna.

Upon encountering the robber, two of the police officers were shot by the man with a silenced pistol, in what a police spokesman describes as a “professional” action.


This eyewitness video shows police storming in to rescue their wounded colleagues.

After being evacuated by rescue helicopter to Vienna's general hospital, the 23-year-old policeman, who was only promoted to inspector on June 1st, went into emergency surgery for a life-threatening head wound.

Denial

According to press reports, the young Carinthian died soon after falling into a coma.  However, Vienna Police are officially denying that the man has died, and are calling for restraint by media in the spreading of rumours.

His younger colleague, a police cadet, was also seriously injured, with multiple shots in the abdomen, pelvis and thighs. A third colleague, a police woman, had superficial injuries after taking cover.

The 49-year-old gunman was tracked down by the highly-trained WEGA police armed-response unit, and killed in a firefight on Saturday evening.  He is described as a Bosnian, who is the primary suspect in at least two prior armed robberies.

Shocked

Vienna's mayor Michael Häupl issued a statement on Sunday morning, describing how he was deeply shocked by the event.

“The brutality of the attack is upsetting and shows once again that we must do everything possible to equip the police with personnel and appropriate equipment.”

“Now it is but a matter to take care of the two seriously injured officers, one of whom was critically wounded”, said Häupl.
 
“My sympathy and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

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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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