The Special Violent Crimes Squad has undertaken the investigation on Wednesday’s shootout in the northern Athens suburb of Pefki in which two police officers and one of the two armed men involved in the incident were injured. A second suspect managed to flee using the police patrol car.
The hand pistol found at the scene of the shootout has not been used in terrorist attacks according to the results of the ballistics tests conducted by the police.
Police have released the photograph of the injured suspect currently hospitalized under guard to the media and appealed to the public for information about his identity.
The police patrol car with the two officers was dispatched to respond to a call of disorderly conduct and, while on the way to the scene, had stopped to check the identities of two individuals that aroused the patrol officers' suspicions. The suspects fled on foot and shot at the two police officers who returned fire.
The patrol car used by one of the assailants was later found abandoned in the district of Kifissia.