A shot is fired in the company car: a bullet from a police weapon hits the Gladbach fan bus

Shot is fired in the company car
Police gun bullet hits Gladbach fan bus

During the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, an unbelievable incident occurs: a shot is fired from a police officer’s gun in the parking lot, and the projectile hits a fan bus.

On the fringes of the soccer game between FC Augsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach (4: 4) in the Bundesliga, a police officer fired a shot with a service weapon. This was “according to initial knowledge” unintentional, as the police headquarters in Swabia North announced late Saturday evening. The officer was sitting in a police vehicle at the time of the accident. Bystanders were not injured in the incident. The shot hit a van belonging to the Mönchengladbach fan project.

The shot was fired at around 5:30 p.m. in a delimited area on the stadium grounds, the police said. Three officers suffered a bang trauma, one policeman a graze. “A police vehicle and a fan bus were damaged in the incident,” police said. “The more detailed background to the process is currently the subject of investigations. As is usual in such cases, the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office is also involved.”

Fanhilfe Mönchengladbach wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that the van was empty. Of course, one does not assume intention, but “in view of the fact that the police in Bavaria in particular always represent fans as a major security risk, the incident in which the shot was fired in the direction of a packed stadium is of course not without a certain irony”.

In 2021, a data collection by the Bavarian police on football fans that had previously been secretly introduced caused sharp criticism among fans and fan representatives. “This file significantly interferes with the right to informational self-determination from Art. 2 Para. 1, 1 Para. 1 GG and is unconstitutional in this form,” wrote the working group fan lawyers in a statement. “Since the people are not informed about the covert state data collection, this police handling is not legally verifiable and controllable at all.” The entries in the file were based “to a large extent on subjective assessments by police officers”.

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