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Officer injured in shootout ‘steadily improving’ at Israeli clinic

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A police officer injured in a shootout in Limassol last weekend and who is being treated at a hospital in Israel is showing a steady improvement, the health ministry said on Sunday.

An announcement said that according to information received by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou the police officer has started to regain consciousness.

“His condition has been steadily improving, but he remains in the intensive care for continuous follow-up by doctors,” the announcement said.

“The ministry of health, through the embassy of Israel remains in constant contact with the patient’s family to provide all possible assistance,” it added

It also called on the media to stick to the official information and continue “to show respect and sensitivity they have so far shown in the dissemination of information that may cause distress to the patient’s relatives”.

Police on Tuesday arrested a man wanted in connection with the shootout in Limassol at the weekend that saw the officer critically injured and a second sustaining lighter injuries.

Elias Mouzos, 38, was detained in Kapilio village in Limassol. Mouzos had been sought in connection with a gunfight in Ypsonas last Saturday evening in which officer Giorgos Georgiou, 37, was critically injured.

Mouzos was arrested after the car he was driving crashed into two cars while being chased by the police.

The two officers were shot at in their vehicle at about 10pm last Saturday after responding to a call about a parked rental car in Ypsonas whose three passengers were behaving suspiciously.

On arrival at the scene, shots were fired at the patrol car and the officers returned fire.

The assailants fled the scene and their car was later found abandoned in Kato Polemidhia.

Three suspects, including one woman, had been arrested, and police had put out a wanted person bulletin for Mouzos.

Police did not provide more information as to what the suspects were planning to do before the patrol car arrived, but media reports said they were discussing a murder plan.

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