The police were chasing the man in connection with reports they had received of a burglary. Shots were fired and the man crashed into a tree alongside the Onderwijslaan in Waterschei. He tried to make his escape on foot. His body was found a little later in a garden. An investigation has been launched to see if his death was caused by a police bullet.
The area where the incident happened has been sealed off. A police surgeon and a ballistics expert are at the scene. An Examining Magistrate has been appointed and the investigation is being carried out by the Federal Police.