By Constantinos Psillides
A 43-year-old who locked himself in his pub on Monday and threatened to kill himself after shooting and injuring ex wife has surrendered, police said.
The man had been threatening to take his life after his ex-wife filed a complaint with local police on Monday morning that he had shot her.
The 43-year-old surrendered to the negotiators camped outside the pub since Monday noon. The man only agreed to leave the pub after his lawyer negotiated the terms of his surrender. The 43-year-old’s mother was also at the scene.
According to police spokesperson Andreas Angelides, the man would be spending the night at the Larnaca police station.
He is expected to appear before court on Wednesday.
The 43-year-old spent most of Monday night inebriated when he was holed up in the pub.
Around 10am on Monday a 41-year-old Moldovan woman and some friends visited the 43-year-old at his pub in the Dhekelia-Oroklini road, in order to discuss child support.
But at some point her former husband lost his temper and fired his shotgun twice in the air. Two pellets hit her shoulder and one hit her abdomen.
The injured woman went to the Oroklini police station to report the incident, while the 43-year-old locked himself in the pub.
When Larnaca police arrived at the scene, the man refused to cooperate and threatened to take his own life.
Police cordoned off the scene to protect restaurants near the pub, and ordered the evacuation of some nearby buildings.