Cops fire on car at Nieuwmarkt

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At least one policeman fired his gun at a vehicle in Amsterdam following an attack on two police officers. The officers were checking cars for involvement in high impact crimes during a traffic stop in Nieuwmarkt when the driver suddenly pulled out crashing into one of the cops, police said in a statement.

Nobody was injured in the incident which happened at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

One officer drew his firearm and fired two shots at the vehicle’s tires. The target was missed and the vehicle took off. Onlookers in the busy city center square were surprised by the incident, and the speed at which so many police arrived, witnesses told broadcaster AT5.

The vehicle was recovered empty about a half kilometer away on the Houtkopersdwarsstraat, a street that ends at the Waterlooplein flea market. The suspects in the car took off before police arrived.

Police say an investigation is ongoing.

The Neiuwmarkt is a busy square in Amsterdam’s central district. The popular area is filled with restaurants and bars, and borders both the Red Light District and Chinatown.

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