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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-04

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Driver shot during escape

  • [01] Driver shot during escape

    A 30-year-old man in custody on burglary charges escaped from a police patrol car on Saturday afternoon in west Thessaloniki, taking an officer's service revolver in the process he later used to gun down a bus driver during a frantic chase in the northern city's streets.

    The suspect repeatedly stopped unsuspecting motorists in the city at gun point in his attempt to elude pursuing police vehicles.

    He reportedly shot a 60-year-old driver of a city bus in an attempt to hijack the vehicle while later taking a hostage in a residence, where he was finally arrested in the Neo Kordelio district.

    An investigation of the unprecedented incident was ordered amid heightened local media coverage throughout the weekend.

    The suspect and two police officers -- the driver and co-driver of the police unit from where the suspect fled -- were led before a public prosecutor in Thessaloniki on Sunday, following the suspension of a total of six police officers a day earlier, hours after the incident.

    Caption: A view of a bus in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, May 3, 2008, whose driver was gunned down by a suspect who fled police custody along with an officer's service revolver. ANA-MPA / P. MAKRIDIS.


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