12th October 2020.
Policeman Shot on St Marks Square in Zagreb
Policeman shot on St Marks Square in Zagreb just after 8 am this morning. As of 8.35 am, the perpetrator was still on the run. Some media outlets were reporting that the armed man was hiding inside one of the museums in the upper town. However, by 9 am, media outlets were reporting that the attacker was dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot. Unconfirmed reports say that a Kalashnikov was used in the shooting and that a burst of gunfire rang out at 8 am during the incident of the policeman shot on St Marks Square.
The policeman shot on St Marks square in Zagreb was injured and has been taken to hospital. No details regarding his condition have yet been released. Armed police in bullet-proof vests have now replaced him and are surrounding government buildings in the Upper Town. The search for the shooter has now been called off. The Croatian Prime Minister has arrived at the government buildings in the Upper Town. He did not yet make any comment to reporters. He is said to have looked shocked upon arrival.
This is a very uncommon attack with a firearm in one of the best-guarded areas of the capital. This morning's incident of the policeman shot on St Marks Square in Zagreb is also an extremely rare incident of a gun being used against the police in the Croatian capital.
The policeman shot on St Marks Square underwent surgery at Zagreb's KBC Sestre Milosrdnice. The 31-year-old policeman works as a personal security officer for the government. His condition is now described as stable.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej PlenkoviŠ addressed gathered journalists on St Marks Square at 10.30 am. No motive for the attack has so far been ascertained. It is thought the gunman intended to fire upon the buildings and that the guarding policeman shot on St Marks square was not the actual intended target.
This is a breaking news story and Total Croatia News will be updating this article as more details are released
The attacker is 22-year-old
Police released the first information about the attacker around 11 am. The attacker is Croatian citizen, 22-year-old Danijel Bezuk. He is a young man from Kutina who comes from a veteran family.
After the shooting, and around 9 am, the police reported that his body had been found and that he had committed suicide.
Bezuk left a message on Facebook just after he shot the police officer "There has been a lot of fraud and reckless trampling of human values without responsibility"
The person is not previously known to police officers.
He allegedly shot the police offer with a Kalashnikov he allegedly took from his father.