A 63-year-old former convict was still at large on Friday as police intensified efforts for his arrest following his escape during a search of his Limassol home the previous day.
Considered armed and dangerous, Andreas Onoufriou ran off firing an assault rifle into the air on Thursday, as police tried to execute a search warrant at 6.30am.
Police said the gun is a military issue G3. He was wearing black clothes and a black hood when the incident happened.
Despite a police manhunt, also involving the counter-terrorism unit, Onoufriou was still at large on Friday, a police spokesman said.
“So far we have nothing specific,” Andreas Angelides said.
Reports that Onoufriou had fled to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north could not be confirmed.
“We are focusing, not only in Limassol, but other districts as well,” Angelides said. “There is nothing at present to prove he is in the north.”
Asked if officers had been ordered to shoot to kill, Angelides said it would depend on the conditions at the time.
“Any actions will take into consideration the safety of the officers and the public,” he said.
Police have arrested Onoufriou’s Vietnamese partner but she has not been helpful so far.
Angelides said it had been determined that she had been staying on the island without a valid permit.
In 1996 Onoufriou was sentenced to 18 years in jail for the attempted murder of a judge in Limassol.
He was released in 2008. In 2012 he was named in a plot to murder then Attorney general Petros Clerides but the charges were later dropped.
Police urge anyone with information to call them on 25 805511, 25 805054 or 1460