Police open fire on car on Rue de la Loi

Police open fire on car on Rue de la Loi
With many major EU institutions lining the street, the police have a strong presence. Credit: Belga

Brussels police opened fire on a car on Sunday morning that had crashed into a police vehicle and allegedly hit a police inspector. The driver of the car, who was injured in the shooting, was apprehended by the police, the Brussels public prosecutor's office told the Belga news agency.

As a result of the incident, rue de la Loi was partially closed on Sunday morning between rue des Deux Eglises and rue du Commerce.

“The Brussels police were called around 6 a.m. this morning for an argument in a nightclub," said spokesperson for the Brussels public prosecutor's office, Willemien Baert. “When the police arrived, a motorist drove into a police vehicle. The car then rolled in the direction of a police inspector, who then opened fire.”

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The car reportedly continued some way down the road, but was stopped a few moments later. The driver, who had been shot in the arm, was taken to hospital. The public prosecutor has now opened an investigation.

“We dispatched a ballistics expert to the scene as well as the laboratory of the federal judicial police,” the spokesman said. “A medical examiner has also been appointed to check the victim’s state of health. His prognosis is not life-threatening.

The police have begun to interview witnesses and check for the involvement of any additional suspects. CCTV cameras from the area surrounding the incident are being consulted. “An investigation is underway to determine the exact circumstances of the incident,” the spokesperson concluded.

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