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2 police officers, bystander wounded in Copenhagen shootout

Policemen guard the area where a shooting took place in at Copenhagen's Christiania district, on September 1, 2016. 
Two police officers were wounded in a shootout during an arrest of a suspected person.
Policemen guard the area where a shooting took place in at Copenhagen's Christiania district, on September 1, 2016. Two police officers were wounded in a shootout during an arrest of a suspected person. STR/AFP/Getty Images

COPENHAGEN – Police say they have shot and critically wounded an armed Danish man following an earlier Copenhagen shootout that left two officers and a bystander wounded.

Trouble started Wednesday night in Copenhagen’s drug-rife Christiania neighbourhood, where police say the assailant pulled a gun as officers tried to arrest him. They say he shot one officer in the head, a second in the thigh, and a bystander in the leg before escaping.

Police tracked him down several hours later 5 kilometres (3 miles) to the south in Kastrup near the airport and shot him early Thursday. He was hospitalized in critical condition.

Police provided no explanation for why they were trying to arrest him in the first place.

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