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Suspect in police officer shooting remanded anew

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A court on Thursday extended a suspect’s remand by six days in connection with a shooting incident in Limassol almost two weeks ago in which a police officer was critically injured.

Elias Mouzos, 38, who was hauled to court in a bulletproof vest, escorted by armed officers, is held on suspicion of firing against two police officers in Ypsonas on May 5 and two other cases for which he had been wanted by police before the shooting incident.

Three other suspects, including a woman, are also in custody for the same case.

Mouzos is also suspected of abducting and beating a 27-year-old and later firing against his house.

Following his arrest, Mouzos handed over firearms and explosives, police said.

Police told the court that they have so far taken 115 statements and they had 55 more to go. They were also examining security camera footage and various telephone records and bank accounts.

Police said Mouzos and the other two male suspects, 31 and 35, are suspected of being in a car that was parked in Ypsonas on May 5, raising suspicions.

Two officers who arrived in their patrol vehicle to check the car were met by a burst from an automatic allegedly fired by Mouzos.

Despite being hit, Georgiou managed to empty his service pistol at the suspects, who fled the scene.

The 31-year-old was found the next day on a bench injured while the other suspect, a Bulgarian national, was arrested after he was spotted walking to Paphos. The woman is the one whose name was found on the car rental contract.

 

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