Hundreds of police searched the German Black Forest on Monday for a Rambo-style homeless man wearing combat gear and armed with a bow and arrow who disarmed four officers at gunpoint ‘a weapon.
Authorities warned residents of southwestern city of Oppenau to avoid going out while police were looking for the man, who also had a handgun and knife when he fled in the forest.
In an unusual move, authorities publicly identified the suspect by name as Yves Etienne Rausch, claiming that he was known to the police for previous gun-related offenses. They said he could be violent.
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Police arrested Rausch on Sunday after receiving a report from a suspicious person with a bow and arrow.
Officials said Rausch first cooperated, but suddenly fired a gun at the officers, threatening them and forcing them to hand over their service weapons.
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The man is said to have lived in the forest for weeks, according to the Offenburg regional police office.
Agence France-Presse cited the German publication Bild as reporting that Rausch had spent time in prison for shooting his girlfriend with a bow and arrow.
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A police spokesman reportedly said the man was in a “state of psychiatric emergency” and should not be approached, AFP reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.