26 Oct, 2022 @ 14:15
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Three dead after man holes up in Ciudad Real country house and fires rifle at passers by

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A MAN was shot dead by the Spanish Civil Guard on Wednesday after allegedly having fired a rifle at drivers and pedestrians in the province of Ciudad Real. 

Before he was neutralized by the authorities, the shooter had killed a farmer who was driving in a tractor at the time, as well as a municipal police officer.

The alarm was raised after the shots were fired on Wednesday morning toward the CR-4116 road, which joins the municipalities of  Villamayor de Calatrava and Argamasilla de Calatrava, news agency Europa Press reported. 

A video shared on Twitter of the shooting.

The suspect, a 50-year-old man, reportedly had barricaded himself in a country house in the area after a family dispute with his 81-year-old father, according to the Civil Guard. From there he began to fire at anyone who came past with a hunting rifle that was equipped with a telescopic sight. 

Special police units were sent to the scene and the road was cut off to avoid risk to more people. 

According to the mayor of Villamayor de Calatrava, Juan Antonio Callejas, the area is “highly populated” and home to many second residences.

Another three people were injured in today’s incident. They were reported to be out of danger.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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