A police officer had noticed "suspicious activity" in the vicinity of a police station: several people were forced into a car. A police van stopped by the car and several officers stepped out. The suspect car, a large Hyundai, attempted to speed off at that moment.
Ghent police spokesman Manuel Gonzalez: "Our officers were obliged to fire, to save themselves and to stop the car."
The car managed to set in motion but was stopped by a second police vehicle nearby. The five people in the vehicle were detained.
The Hyundai took several bullets: its windows are shattered and tyres are flat.
The shooting is not believed to be linked with the heightened terrorist alert across Belgium.