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Passenger in deadly car chase released by Brussels police

Two French nationals were involved in a deadly police car chase in Brussels. The surviving passenger of the vehicle was released after questioning. Credit: © Belga

Police have released the French passenger riding with the driver who was lethally shot in a car chase in Brussels on Tuesday, public prosecutors announced.

The passenger, whose identity was not disclosed but who is said to be in his twenties, was released after police said there were no elements to indicate he played an active role during the deadly incident, according to Le Soir.

In the early hours of Tuesday, a 29-year-old French national sparked a police car chase after he refused to submit to a check and sped away. He was shot by police after he lurched his vehicle at an approaching officer when he was caught up with.

The driver died of his injuries in the hospital, and the passenger was taken into custody for questioning.

Several investigations are being conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding the deadly shooting, including one launched by the Committee P, an external body which supervises police services.

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times

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