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Policeman killed, 3 injured in shootout near Bulgaria school

Policemen face demonstrators in front of the Parliament building during an anti-government protest in Sofia on November 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF

SOFIA: A policemen was killed and three were injured Friday in Bulgaria in a shootout with a gunman who threatened staff and pupils at a school in the central town of Lyaskovets.

"The man was arrested, injured but alive. The operation is over," Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev told parliament.

Petko Savov, 53, who was registered as suffering from a personality disorder, had barricaded himself in his flat opposite the Maksim Raykovich elementary school and opened fire on special police forces who had come to arrest him early Friday, officials said.

Police had initially come to question the man over a series of notes he had sent to the director of the school, threatening him, the teachers and the pupils.

"He said there was a lot of noise from the school, disturbing him and his mother, adding that he was a hunter and things would end badly," school director Nikolay Kozhuharov told public BNR radio.

Media reports said the man, who was unemployed and has not left his flat since 2011, had two hunting carbines and two other rifles but his weapon permit had expired years ago.

 

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