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Attempted murder charge after shots fired (Updated)

A 42-year-old man was arrested and remanded for eight days on Thursday after firing four shots at a police officer in Trimiklini, Limassol.

The man’s father told police at 4.40pm on Wednesday that his son was drunk and causing damage to his home. When officers went to the scene, however, the father asked them to leave and said he would deal with the situation himself.

At 9.30pm police were told the suspect was firing shots, but when they arrived he had hidden behind Panayia Eleousa church.

Attempts to get him to surrender and give up his gun were unsuccessful. Instead he started swearing and fired two shots at a policeman, one of which hit a wall which the officer was using as cover.

The officer responded by firing two warning shots, prompting the man to fire back another two shots without injuring anybody.

Taking advantage of the darkness, the shooter managed to escape, while members of the anti-riot squad were summoned to locate him and negotiate a surrender.

Following lengthy discussions the suspect left his house unarmed at 1.15am and was arrested.

According to police, an attempt was made to obtain a written statement but the suspect was too confused.

At the same time, officers searched his house and found a G3 military rifle, something that is deemed crucial as he returned shortly after midnight and told his 16-year-old son he was looking for his rifle.

The man was charged for several offences, the most serious of them attempted murder. He appeared in court without a lawyer and didn’t object to the remand but claimed that though he didn’t remember much, the police officers were the ones who attempted to shoot him and he didn’t aim at the officer when he fired shots.

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