A bizarre and deadly incident took place yesterday afternoon near the Csongrád County village of Apátfalva near the Romanian border, after an Austrian man driving a Hummer sports utility vehicle ran over and killed a Hungarian motorcycle policeman and was then felled by a fusillade of bullets from the fallen cop’s partners.
The action took place around lunchtime, when cops tried to stop a convoy of four of the military-style American vehicles, which were returning from a trip to Romania. The police were preparing to issue speeding fines to the drivers of the vehicles when one apparently decided to instead make a getaway.
One of the cops reportedly gave chase, passed the fleeing vehicle and parked his bike in the road, apparently expecting the Hummer to stop, which it didn’t. The 34-year-old patrolman, identified as Imre K., was run over and died of his injuries while on route to the hospital.
Having seen their comrade struck down, the other officers on the scene opened fire, hitting the driver four times, leaving him seriously wounded.
The driver of the Hummer that ran over the cop, who has been tentatively identified as one Thomas B, is now facing murder charges. The alleged killer had been initially identified as a German, rather than Austrian, citizen.
An official of the Prosecutor’s Office today said that while a search for drugs in the cars came up negative, the driver who killed the officer was “probably” under the influence of opiates.
The deceased policeman has been posthumously promoted to lieutenant, while his killer is, somewhat ominously, now under “police guard” in the hospital.