Suspect killed by police was unarmed
No weapon was found with the man killed by a police bullet in the Prinses Beatrixpark in Schiedam on Monday, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Tuesday. The Rotterdam police and the Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal police investigations, are investigating the incident.
The man was identified as a 21-year-old fom Capelle aan den IJssel.
According to the Prosecutor, three officers responded to the park after someone called in claiming that he was robbed and that shots were fired during the robbery. The man they found in the park met the description of the alleged robber.
The officers confronted the man to arrest him and shots were fired. The man was hit and died at the scene.
The officer who fired the fatal shot gave a statement on Tuesday, according to the Prosecutor. A thorough investigation was done at the scene, including a search for items that could be related to the incident and witness questioning. The Rijksrecherche also made a 3D scan of the situation.
It is unclear whether this was the result of a misunderstanding on the police's side. "It might be so, but we can not say yet", a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said to NU.nl.