Police shoot armed soldier outside Charleroi

In Châtelineau near Charleroi police opened fire on a 56-year-old soldier after the soldier refused to lower his weapon when asked. Prosecutors and the police watchdog are examining the incident.

It was after the police received a call about an armed man on the streets of a Belgian town that they sped to the rue de la Vallée in Châtelineau only to encounter a member of the Belgian armed forces walking the streets with a pistol. Police officers then challenged the individual asking him to put down his gun. When he refused police opened fire. The soldier was hit in the arm and the stomach and had to undergo surgery. The man is known to the judicial authorities on account of an historic dossier.