Two men are arrested after huge manhunt sparked

Two men are arrested after huge manhunt sparked when woman police officer, 24 and her male colleague, 29, were shot dead at a routine traffic stop in Germany

  • The 24 and 29-year-old were killed by gunshots to the head at around 4.20am this morning
  • They had been doing a routine traffic stop in Kusel district of western Rhineland
  • The officers had radioed in to say there was game in boot of car and a short time later said they were under fire
  • After a huge manhunt, two suspects were arrested, one was named as Andreas Johannes Schmitt, 38 

German police have arrested two suspects after a female police officer and her male colleague were shot dead.   

The 24-year-old female officer and her 29-year-old male colleague were killed by gunshots to the head at around 4.20am this morning during a routine traffic stop. 

Westpfalz regional police said the officers were on a rural road in Ulmet, near the Kusel district of western Rhineland-Palatinate state.  

Police have named one of the arrested as Andreas Johannes Schmitt, 38, who runs a local bakery and business selling game. 

Schmitt is not believed to have any links to extremism. German police have not named the other suspect, who is believed to be 32 years old.

Police have named one of the arrested as Andreas Johannes Schmitt, 38, (pictured) who runs a local bakery and business selling game

At the time of the incident in the early hours of this morning, the officers had radioed in to say there was game in the boot of a car.

They told other officers that they would be conducting a search of the car. Another radio message a short time later told officers that they were under attack.

Both officers requested urgent back-up at the scene and when police arrived, they found the 24-year-old dead.

The 29-year-old was severely injured and died of his injuries a short time later. 

The officers killed have not been named but one of them is believed to have been a female trainee.

At the time of the incident in the early hours of this morning, the officers had radioed in to say there was game in the boot of a car. Pictured: German police at the scene in Ulmet, Germany

Officers had launched a huge manhunt earlier to find the suspects, warning that they could be armed.

Unconfirmed reports said that one of the suspects held a gun licence and been involved in a hit-and-run, according to the Telegraph. 

German police released a description of Schmitt with a photograph as they found his identity documents near the scene.

It is unusual for German police to name suspects.

Strict privacy laws mean they can only be identified if there is a danger to public safety or police have exhausted other means of finding them

Police officers secure the scene in Ulmet, Germany (pictured)

Officers had launched a huge manhunt earlier to find the suspects, warning that they could be armed. Pictured: Armed officers at the scene in Ulmet, Germany

The shooting, for which the motive remains unclear, has sent shockwaves through Germany. 

The crime was likened to an ‘execution’ by interior minister Nancy Faeser and said it showed ‘that police officers risk their lives every day for our security.’  

German police had earlier closed off roads and deployed helicopters and sniffer dogs in the hunt for the perpetrator. 

The crime was likened to an ‘execution’ by interior minister Nancy Faeser and said it showed ‘that police officers risk their lives every day for our security.’ Pictured: Officers stand by a police car in Ulmet, Germany

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