Four police officers have been wounded – some of them seriously – after a neo Nazi opened fire on them as they prepared to search his home.
The gunman, 49, opened fire on police officers when they turned up at his home in Georgensgmünd in Bavaria this morning to search for weapons.
Media reports said officers returned fire and the man was slightly wounded and taken into custody.
Police and government officials said the gunman who opened fire on four police officers today had a stash of 30 weapons in his home.
They said the gunman pumped shots through the door of his home at the officers before they even had a chance to ring the doorbell.
Police planned the inspection because they feared the gunman had become unstable and was not storing his weapons and ammunition correctly.
The gunman was wearing a bulletproof vest when he opened fire. One officer suffered life threatening injuries and went immediately into surgery. His condition is ‘stable but he remains in a dangerous condition.’
A second police officer was wounded in the arm. Two other officers were treated as outpatients.
The gunman was a so-called ‘Reichsbürger’ – reich citizen.
These individuals are predominantly right-wingers who do not recognise the Federal Republic of Germany and want the pre-war borders of the Third Reich to be recognised once again.
Reichsbürger members recognise no courts or authorities of the modern day German state and are linked through Internet chat forums and right-wing associations.
Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, will give more details about the injuries sustained by the officers and the police operation later in the day.
A unit of anti-terror sek officers were on hand at the scene but the suspect took the regular police unit by surprise.
Authorities have increasingly warned in recent months that neo-Nazis in the country are becoming increasingly militarised and prepared to use violence in their opposition to the country’s asylum policy for refugees.
It is understood the Bavarian gunman had a licence to keep arms but had become increasingly erratic in recent months and police feared he was a danger to the public.