Sanok siege and gun tragedy – aftermath







Police investigating the deaths of a 32-year-old murder suspect and a 17-year-old woman after a siege in Sanok, south-east Poland, have announced that post-mortem examinations are underway, but that it may be up to two weeks before there is a clear picture of what happened in an apartment (pictured above right) in the sleepy Podkarpacie town.

Officers attempting to arrest 32-year-old Andrzej B (pictured left) on suspicion of murder entered the apartment at ulica Cegielniana 14, Sarnok, 200km east of Kraków, on January 11 at about 1.45am. Just two hours earlier police had issued a statement that Andrzej, son of a police officer, and the 17-year-old woman with him, should surrender voluntarily.

Officers involved in the raid discovered the bodies of a man and a woman, with gunshot wounds. Suicide was initially suspected to be the cause of both deaths – but a police spokesman added that Andrzej B, also known as Żółwik (Turtle), may have shot the teenager and then killed himself. Polish news channel TVN24 reports that ‘unofficial sources’ suggest the woman’s wound could not have been self-inflicted. Police confirmed that they did not use any weapons, as ‘there was no need to do so’, and said that the woman had refused to leave the apartment.


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