Police are looking for an armed man with a large contingent

Police are looking for an armed man with a large contingent

Oppenau. Four stolen service weapons, the perpetrator disappeared into the dense forest: the police in Baden-Württemberg want to report the situation at noon. Meanwhile, the Black Forest town of Oppenau is opening its schools again.

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Police officers of a SEK sit in a helicopter. This is how you look for the fugitive.

The police continue to search for the 31-year-old who threatened four police officers in Oppenau in the Black Forest and took their guns from them. The police and the public prosecutor’s office want to inform the public about the current situation in a press conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The schools in Oppenau are said to reopen after they were closed on Monday. “The place should return to normal,” said Mayor Uwe Gaiser on Monday evening. A security concept had been coordinated with the police. However, parents are free to decide whether they want to send their children to school or not.

The 31-year-old without a permanent residence had fled to the forest on Sunday morning after the crime. The police combed the area around Oppenau in the Ortenaukreis on Monday with a large contingent. Among other things, a special unit, a dog squadron and helicopters were involved in the search. The police asked the people in Oppenau to stay at home if possible. An investigating judge at the Offenburg District Court issued a pre-trial arrest warrant, partly because of the urgent suspicion of particularly severe predatory extortion.

The large manhunt caused a lot of unrest in the Black Forest town with almost 4800 inhabitants. A sports field on the outskirts served as a helipad and a base for the police operation on Monday. The German air traffic control blocked the airspace over the community.

The police had checked the man in a hut on the edge of the forest on Sunday morning. “He was very cooperative at the beginning, which means that it was completely unpredictable for the colleagues that he suddenly pulls a gun and all four look into a barrel with a bow,” said police spokesman Yannik Hilger. The officials reportedly had to put their pistols on the floor. The 31-year-old then fled to the forest with the service weapons.

The wanted is known in the village, as several residents report. You describe him as a loner. According to the police, the wanted person had already conflicted with the police several times, among other things due to a violation of the weapons law. The police assume that he knows the forests around the city very well. At the moment there is no evidence of “political involvement” or helpers of the man, the police said.

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