Crime & Justice

Suspect arrested after police end hostage situation in Dresden

Berlin, Dec 10 (EFE).- Police in the eastern German city of Dresden have arrested a man who took two people hostage in a shopping center on Saturday.

A police spokesman said the suspect, whose condition was unknown, had been detained and that the two hostages were not injured.

“The hostage-taking is over, the operation is not yet complete,” he added, adding that the area was cordoned off while the investigation was ongoing.

According to the newspaper “Bild”, the assailant was seriously wounded, adding that it was unclear whether he self-harmed or was injured during the arrest.

The man, a German national, reportedly killed his 62-year-old mother on Saturday morning in a neighborhood about seven kilometers from the city center.

He then tried to break into the Radio Dresden radio station, but despite firing at the fire door at the main entrance, he was unable to gain access.

“Fortunately, all the staff were able to get to safety,” Radio Dresden head Tino Utassy, who alerted the police, told the newspaper.

When officers arrived, the suspect fled in his vehicle and barricaded himself in the shopping center, where he took a woman and a child hostage.

Police closed access to the shopping center and the Christmas market, and have asked the public to avoid the area. EFE


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