Retired police officer charged with Ambelokipi shooting remanded in custody

A 60-year-old retired police officer charged with shooting and killing a man in Athens’ Ambelokipi district was on Tuesday remanded in custody, after appearing before an examining magistrate to answer to charges of murder and illegal weapons use.

In his testimony to the magistrate, the 60-year-old claimed he was acting in self-defence and that he had been the target of an unprovoked attack. He said the victim had assaulted him with an aluminium pipe and an improvised wooden shield, hitting his gun hand, and that he then turned and shot him as a “reflex action”. According to sources, he also claimed that the first shot was fired into the air.

The accused said the argument with the victim was over a set of cameras that the gym owner had installed. His lawyer said that his client and the victim had fallen out after the retired police officer reported the installation of the cameras to the appropriate authorities and that his client had received threats from the gym owner.

The retired officer shot the gym owner last Friday evening, on the corner of Panormou and Vatopediou streets in Ambelokipi.