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Man posing as policeman shot dead in Austria

One officer shot back, injuring all three men
April 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Three men posing as policemen were shot - one fatally - when they tried to rob two men who turned out to be real officers, Austrian police said Saturday. The men, Romanians in their 20s, stopped the policemen's car along the S1 highway east of Vienna, in the state of Lower Austria, in the early hours of Saturday, police said.

When the occupants of the car identified themselves as plainclothes officers, one of the robbers allegedly fired a gun. No one was injured.

One officer shot back, injuring all three men. The robbers fled for a short distance in their car before surrendering, police said. One of the men died before a medic arrived; the others were hospitalized.

The men are suspected of committing nine robberies by posing as police officers along the S1 highway and seizing around $74,000 since March, police said.

 

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