According to police spokeswoman Barbara Gass, the officers were called to an apartment on Laxenburger Strasse shortly before 9 p.m. because cries for help could be heard. The Viennese task force alarm department (WEGA) opened the apartment. Inside was a 39-year-old Polish citizen with a revolver in his hand.
A Polish-speaking officer asked the man to put down the gun. The man didn’t comply. According to the police, he pointed the revolver at the police officers, whereupon a WEGA officer shot his service weapon twice and hit the 39-year-old in the shoulder area. He received emergency medical treatment and was taken to a hospital. In addition, the police officers pronounced the provisional arrest on suspicion of attempted murder. The revolver was secured and the State Criminal Police Office took over further investigations.
The background was initially unclear. The 39-year-old has not yet been questioned. In any case, he was alone in the apartment. It was still unclear on Tuesday whether he could have been affected by alcohol or other substances. According to Gass, it was also not certain whether the revolver was a real firearm or a blank firing revolver.