October 31, 2019
Remember when something like this would have been big news across Europe, instead of a mere footnote in the national press?
Pepperidge Farm remembers.
The 33-year-old man wanted in connection with a double homicide at a Groningen movie theater on Saturday was arrested at a gas station along the Hoendiep on the city’s west side Sunday morning. Gunshots were fired during the arrest, police said, and the suspect, Ergün S. was injured.
He was taken to an area hospital under police guard, authorities announced at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. A police spokesperson told broadcaster NOS that shots were fired when the suspect brandished a knife.
“I came here, saw a policeman get out of a car and shoot at the suspect from very close,” said Harry de Boer, a man who was at the gas station washing his scooter said to Dagblad van het Noorden.
S. was shot in the leg by an officer who advanced on S. during the arrest. Witnesses heard two shots fired, according to the regional newspaper.
Police identified S. as the man seen on security camera footage leaving a Pathé movie theater on Gedempte Zuiderdiep in Groningen, where the bodies of two people were found at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday. The victims were reportedly a married couple in their fifties, responsible for cleaning the theater for a janitorial services provider.
A source close to the investigation told newspaper De Telegraaf that a knife was used to kill the victims. Police told the surviving family members that the victims may have been killed during a botched burglary attempt, according to newspaper AD.