Swiss cops shoot, kill armed speedster

2012-09-20 22:12

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Geneva - Swiss police said on Thursday they shot and killed a man armed with a shotgun after a high-speed car chase through the usually tranquil lakeside town of Montreux.

The unidentified man, a 45-year-old Swiss citizen, was driving a car with Russian plates. €20 800 were found inside the vehicle, police said.

The car was spotted speeding on the motorway around Lake Geneva and failed to stop when police gave chase.

It was finally cornered in downtown Montreux at 03:00 (01:00 GMT).

Police said they opened fire when the man stepped out of the vehicle holding the shotgun and acting in a threatening manner.

One police officer was injured when a colleague's bullet hit him in the shoulder, but his life was not in danger, police said.


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