ZAGREB, October 12, 2020 – A policeman was shot this morning on St. Mark’s Square in front of the Government building. An ambulance arrived in front of the Government and transported him to the hospital. Police started an intensive search for the perpetrator and found his body in Jabukovac. They reported that the suspect committed suicide. The injured police officer is stable.
Policeman Shot with Machine-Gun on St. Mark’s Square
This morning, several media outlets reported that a police officer was shot in front of the entrance to the government building on St. Mark’s Square. The burst of gunfire, heard during the shooting, was supposedly from a Kalashnikov rifle. Shortly after, The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed the shooting in a statement on Twitter. They added that “the perpetrator escaped and police are looking for him.”
According to Hina, the injured police officer was taken to the city’s Sisters of Charity Hospital in an ambulance. He was shot in the left arm and both sides of his torso.
In meanwhile, Police blocked the entrance to St. Mark’s Square from the Stone Gate and additional police forces arrived on the scene. Also, a helicopter was flying over the city center in pursuit of the suspect.
The government driver of the MP saw everything happening and reacted to index. “I came to the job earlier to buy some cigarettes. I closed the door, took two steps and heard gunshots. A police officer was hit immediately. I saw him fall.” After that the driver of the MP called for help while some of his colleagues dragged the wounded officer behind the government building to safety. He continues: “Miraculously, no other police officers were in sight. As I heard, a policeman from Mletačka [ulica] resisted and shot at the attacker.” Then they stayed with the victim and waited for the ambulance.
22 Year Old Attacker Committed Suicide
Finally, around 9 am, another Twitter-post from the Ministry followed with the announcement that the attacker killed himself. His body was found at the end of Jabukovac Street, in the middle of the road, where he shot himself in the head with a firearm.
Additional information came to light about the attacker and his possible motives. According to jutarnji, the perpetrator was 22-year-old Danijel Bezuk, born on April 16, 1998 in Kutina and living in the Kutina area. He was not known to the police. Right after the attack on St. Mark’s Square, he posted a status full of spelling mistakes on Facebook.
“There has been a lot of fraud and reckless trampling of human values without responsibility,” he wrote on his Facebook profile.
According to the unconfirmed information available to the investigators, the motive has no political background, but it is exclusively a personal relationship between the perpetrator and the wounded police officer, motivated by alleged jealousy.
According to jutarnji, he shot the policeman from a Kalashnikov that he took from his father, who was a defense attorney. Among the photos he posted on Facebook, is one with a wooden model of a rifle. Bezuk’s face is covered in the photo. He also shared footage of a machine gun shooting from YouTube on his profile.
Police Officer Shot Four Times, But Situation is Stable
Afterwards, the 31 year old police officer was transferred to the Vinogradska Hospital. Head of the Hospital, Mario Zovak, told N1 that the wounded policeman, born in 1989, is stable and is currently in surgery.
“At 8:30 a wounded police officer was brought in with an ambulance. He has 4 gunshot wounds, two on his left arm, one on his left lumbar, one on his right gluteus. Fortunately, he is not vitally injured. There was no injury to vital organs,” Zovak assured.
Sources in the government have said that the police officer works as a personal protection officer for government members and that at the time of the incident the prime minister was not in the government offices.
Milanović: Police Must Investigate to Prevent Incidents Like This
President Zoran Milanović said that something like this has not yet happened in front of a state institution in that place. “These are mostly institutions and not a tourist destination. They need to be protected in an appropriate way. I urge the Government to do so and they have my support. The police must investigate the circumstances of this event and prevent them from happening again,” Milanović said.
St. Mark’s Square is where the parliament and government buildings as well as the Constitutional Court are located.
Milanović also said that he had heard from the Prime Minister, and that he would not convene a session of the National Security Council at the moment. When asked if St. Mark’s Square should be closed, he replied that common sense dictated.
Earlier this morning, MP Bojan Glavašević announced on Twitter that parliament has canceled all activities for today.
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