Officer in critical condition to be flown to Israel

The police officer, who was shot in Ypsonas on Saturday night and is in critical condition will be flown to Israel for treatment, said President Anastasiades.

Anastasiades went to Limassol general hospital at noon on Sunday to check on the officer. He said an aircraft was on its way from Israel, carrying intensive care and trauma specialists, “to offer as much help necessary to keep in life a man truly worthy of wearing the police officer uniform”.

The officer’s condition was stable, he said, thanks to the “superhuman efforts” of the medical staff. He had been hit in the chest and abdomen after suspects in a parked car opened fire against the police car he was in.

“I do not want to issue an opinion on issues not pertaining to my expertise, but there is hope,” said the president.

Anastasiades, who also visited the other officer, that was shot and was being treated in a private clinic, said he was outraged about the shooting against policemen. An attack against members of the force was an attack against the state, he said.

The president said that he was by the side of the injured officers and the entire police force, “who carry out their duty under oath”.

“We will not allow criminals to believe that they can act the way they do,” he said. There would be zero tolerance for anyone – local or foreign national – who was under the impression they could gain wealth through illegal acts and who think they can bully the police, he added.

The two officers were shot at, about 10pm, after responding to a call about a parked rental car, in which three persons were behaving suspiciously. On arrival at the scene shots were fired at the patrol car and the officers returned fire.

The assailants then drove away and their car was found abandoned in Kato Polemidhia.

The injured officers were transferred to the Limassol general hospital.

Police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou and Justice Minister, Ionas Nicolaou also visited the two officers in hospital.

Police arrested on Sunday morning one of the two men wanted for the incident, 31-year-old Efthyvoulos Georgi, also known as Vouli, from Paphos. The man, who was injured during the shoot-out, was taken to hospital for treatment.

A 33-year-old woman, who had rented the car from a Paphos car hire company, was also arrested on Saturday night.

Police are also looking for 33-year-old, Haralambos Kalogeridis, holder of a Greek passport.

Haralambos Kalogeridis

Police said the suspects were wanted in connection with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, illegal possession of firearms and explosives among other things.

Police urged members of the public who may possess any information concerning the case, to call the Limassol CID at 25-805057, or the nearest police station, or the Citizen Hotline at 1460.

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