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Turkish Police Chief Killed in Shooting by Fellow Serviceman

Turkish Police Chief Killed in Shooting by Fellow Serviceman

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018 - 12:30
Turkish Provincial Police Director Altuğ Verdi, (Arabic Website)
Ankara- Said Abdel Razek
Turkish Provincial Police Director Altuğ Verdi was killed and two officers were wounded in a shooting by a disgruntled colleague Tuesday at Rize Police Department in northeastern Turkey.

Verdi was taken to the hospital in critical condition but doctors were unable to save his life, Rize Governor Kemal Çeber said.

The unidentified suspect, who was wounded and arrested, was a Rize policeman who worked in the traffic department. The suspect was serving in the province's Derepazarı district and sought a new assignment in central Rize.

“In line with the security procedure, he checked out his pistol in the front desk outside police chief's room. When his request for reassignment was rejected by the police chief, he returned to the desk, grabbed his gun and stormed into the room,” Çeber said.

Turkey's Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said that all three wounded were immediately taken to the hospital to receive medical attention, but doctors later announced Verdi’s death. Special operations teams entered the building after gunshots were heard and precautions were taken to secure the premises.

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