Trainer shoots young police officer (27)

Tragic accident in Graz

Police training ends deadly: trainer shoots young police officers (27)

In Austria, a police officer died during an exercise. (icon picture)

German press agency

September 15, 2022 at 2:31 p.m

They actually wanted to carry out a routine exercise, but the training session of several Austrian police officers ended in tragedy in Graz on Wednesday morning. The head of the exercise shot a young police officer in the back from behind, and the 27-year-old died on the spot. The reason for the fatal accident apparently: a momentous mix-up.

Austria: trainer did not exchange his own weapon

“The incident happened during the illustration of a training session. The tactical approach was practiced in the closed unit,” said police spokesman Markus Lamb on Thursday. The problem: The trainer (39) of all people carried a deadly firearm during training.

The experienced police officer had therefore collected the service weapons of all trainees before the start of the exercise and exchanged them for so-called “red weapons”, i.e. training weapons that cannot fire shots. Fatally, however, the trainer forgot to change his own weapon – and kept his regular weapon in the holster.

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Graz: Police officer (27) shot during police exercise

According to the public prosecutor, the 39-year-old wanted to demonstrate that the colleague in the middle of the chain is in a dangerous position with the practiced approach. The trainer therefore drew his gun and shot the 27-year-old in the back from a short distance – with his loaded pistol! A shot was fired and the policeman who was hit fell to the ground.

The police officers present and a police doctor immediately provided first aid. However, any help came too late for the injured man. He died at the scene of the accident. The projectile apparently struck a vital vein.

Police speak of “a tragic mistake”

“The shot was fired from the trainer’s gun, he was questioned on Wednesday evening, he is in shock,” said the police spokesman. “As far as is known so far, there were no impairments, it must really have been a tragic mistake.”

The 39-year-old has admitted to pulling the trigger. His descriptions should match the traces at the scene of the crime. According to the public prosecutor’s office, there is “no longer any doubt” about the course of events.

The shooter is now facing charges of grossly negligent manslaughter. He faces up to three years in prison. (jda)