Special guard arrested for shooting cafe owner

A 24-year-old Greek Police special guard serving at the Syntagma police station was arrested at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday after he shot and injured the owner of a cafe in Pagrati where he had earlier got into a fight with other customers.

The police guard, who was drunk at the time of the shooting, was taken to the Pagrati police station and led before a public prosecutor on Wednesday morning to be charged with violating laws on firearms and causing grievous bodily harm.

The 24-year-old was off duty at the time of the incident and got into an argument while drinking. The owner then tried to escort him from the premises in order to stop the fight but, under unknown circumstances, the special guard fired on him with his service revolver and injured the 37-year-old man in the leg.

The chief of police has ordered an internal inquiry into the incident and had him suspended from duty.

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