On Monday police from the Bruxelles Capitale-Ixelles zone fired two shots at a car containing 2 suspects driving straight at them. Nobody was injured. Brussels Public Prosecutor has opened two investigations; one for armed obstruction of justice and the other regarding the gunshots. The suspects, who had just broken into a parking meter, were not stopped and questioned, said the spokesperson on Tuesday, confirming information in an article in the daily, La Capitale.
At around 4:30 am a local police patrol noticed two men who had just broken into a parking meter on Brussels’ Boulevard de L’Empéreur and emptied it of its contents. The suspects were then spotted by a different patrol at the Cantersteen-Mont des Arts junction. When the police made their move to approach the car for a spot check, the car took off, aiming directly for one of them. The targetted policeman fired two shots at the vehicle, which then drove away, bouncing off a police car on the way.
The suspects then abandoned the car on Rue de Tabora; one ran towards La Bourse while the other, carrying a plastic bag containing the money stolen from the parking meter made a beeline for Rue du Marché aux Poulets where the bag split, the scattered coins being eagerly picked up by passers-by.