Dutch police shoot suspect after chase crossing Belgian border

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
A 2008 BMW M3 E92 outfitted in Dutch police colors shown off in Noord-Brabant. (file photo)

After a long chase through the forest in the border area near Goirle, the police shot a suspect. The chase crossed the border between Belgium and the Netherlands twice. The suspect was arrested and is in hospital to be treated, NOS reports.

Around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday the police noticed a suspicious van in a business park in Tilburg. When officers wanted to arrest the two people in the van, they sped away towards the border in Goirle. The police gave chase. During the chase, the suspects crossed the border into Belgium and then back into the Netherlands.

In the forest the suspects ended up on a dead-end road and could drive no further. They fled on foot. The police shot one suspect. The other managed to escape. 

The police immediately launched a search, including calling in a police helicopter, sniffer dogs and a local forester who knows the area. So far the second suspect hasn't been found.

The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigation at government institutions like the police, launched an investigation into the shooting. This is standard procedure whenever a police officer fires his or her service weapon.

The police did not say why the van was suspicious. 

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