On 30 June, an event worth a thriller took place at one of Kipsala’s swimming areas – some unruly swimmer shot an officer of Riga Municipal Police with a traumatic pistol. One day prior, that same police officer rescued a transfer student from Turkey from drowning.
Fortunately, the police officer did not suffer any serious injuries. The assailant, on the other hand, has been arrested. State Police has launched a criminal process.
In the evening of Friday, 30 June, Riga Municipal Police officers responsible for maintaining order at one of Kipsala’s swimming areas noticed a swimmer going beyond the permitted swimming area. Police officers used a megaphone to ask the man to return, but he continued to swim further and further away. Because the man was ignoring police officers and their requests, it was decided to go to the man in a boat.
By the time police officers reached the man, he had climbed over the barrier that divides the swimming area and Daugava. Because he was beyond the barrier, police officers could no longer reach him. They decided to talk the man into coming back with them. Unfortunately, the man responded with swear words. Nevertheless, the man returned after some time.
Once the man returned on dry land, police officers asked him to present personal identification documents, because the man’s inadequate behaviour in the water was classified as administrative offence. The swimmer asked police officers to wait, as he was wearing only his swimming trunks. Once the man exited the dressing cabin police officers again asked him to show his documents. There was nothing to suggest the man would attack anyone or act aggressively.
«I’ll show you documents,» – said the man and pulled out a pistol, aiming at the police officers. Because the primary role of rescues station workers is to save people, officers were not armed. They asked the man to calm down and put down the weapon. The man had not intention to become involved in any discussion and tried leaving the area. Deciding that he would not lose the police that easily, the man fired his gun in the direction of the officers.
After that, officers started chasing the man, who continued firing his gun. He managed to fire three more times before police officers neutralized him and took away the gun. After the arrest, one of the officers felt pain in his chest and one of his fingers. Fortunately, the assailant had a traumatic pistol, so officers did not receive any major injuries.
The police officer who was injured by the man had rescued a transfer student from Turkey from drowning the day before.
After the arrest, the aggressive man was handed over to State Police. A criminal process has been launched in relation to attack on a representative of state government.