Two police officers killed in Rhineland-Palatinate: This is how the SEK hunted down the police killers


Mainz – ACCESS! Monday afternoon in Sulzbach (Saarland): A heavily armed police special task force stormed a residential building and arrested two men (38, 32). The two are said to have murdered two police officers! It’s the end of a hunt that began with a radio call in the middle of the night.

“They’re shooting at us!” That was the last report that a young policewoman (24) and her colleague (29) were able to make. Then they were killed with multiple shots in the head. At night on a country road in Rhineland-Palatinate.



THE PRESUMED PERSON: Andreas Johannes S. (38)Photo: Police

Double murder at traffic control!

On Monday at around 4:20 a.m., police commissioner Alexander K. and his partner, a young police officer, were on a patrol in the Kusel district when they noticed a car. The car was parked in a bay on the K 22 district road between the towns of Ulmet and Meyweilerhof.

The two police officers decided to check the car and reported this to their department. Why the routine process then escalated was not clear on Monday evening.


THE CRIME SITE: The district road K 22 between Ulmet and Meyweilerhof was cordoned off over a wide area

THE CRIME SITE: The district road K 22 between Ulmet and Meyweilerhof was cordoned off over a wide areaPhoto: WOLFGANG STEIL/AFP

Chief Inspector fired the magazine empty

︎As BILD learned, Alexander K. claims to have seen a dead animal in the trunk of the suspect vehicle. Then the shots were fired! According to BILD information, a perpetrator shot the candidate suddenly and at close range with a shotgun. She didn’t get a chance to draw her gun.


Police officers are on duty in downtown Sulzbach (Saarland).  The two suspects were arrested Monday evening

Police officers are on duty in downtown Sulzbach (Saarland). The two suspects were arrested Monday eveningPhoto: Thomas Frey/dpa

Her colleague was able to reach for the pistol and returned fire. The chief inspector is said to have fired his entire magazine and probably hit one of the perpetrators. Then the killer aimed at Alexander K. and shot him in the head as well. His colleague died instantly, and he himself died when reinforcements arrived.

The perpetrators – presumably two men – had already fled by then. But one of the two had lost his ID and driver’s license on the street! He had probably given it to the police officers at the checkpoint.

Surprised while poaching at night?

His name: Andreas Johannes S. (38) from Spiesen-Elversberg! The family man went bankrupt with a bakery in 2021. And: He is said to have been a hunter, but had lost his license. According to BILD information, S. was known to the police for hit-and-run, among other things, and is said to have several entries in his police file. Apparently also because of illegal trade in wild animals.

The suspicion: S. was poaching with a buddy at night and was surprised by the police! A large-scale manhunt was launched, special police units combed villages and searched several buildings.


A civilian police officer places a seized gun in the trunk

A civilian police officer places a seized gun in the trunkPhoto: Simon Mario Avenia

Monday late afternoon then access around 50 kilometers from the crime scene! Andreas Johannes S. had reported himself to the police. A police spokesman for BILD: “When the emergency services arrived, he was in front of a residential building.” The police officers searched the house, arrested S. and a second suspect (32).

“This act is reminiscent of an execution”

Federal and state politicians reacted with shock to the police murder.

► Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (51, SPD): “This act is reminiscent of an execution, and it shows that police officers risk their lives every day for our security.”


Nancy Faeser (51, SPD)

Nancy Faeser (51, SPD)Photo: INA FASSBENDER/AFP

► Police union representative Rainer Wendt (65, CDU, photo) to BILD: It is no secret that “violence against the emergency services is increasing and becoming more brutal. It is often for seemingly everyday reasons, such as a check, recording an accident or disturbing the peace, that suddenly result in violence against the police.”

► Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (60, SPD): “Two young people who were shot while on duty. This is just awful!”

► Sebastian Hartmann (44, domestic spokesman SPD) to BILD: “The dangerousness of the police profession is brutal.”

► The new Greens boss Omid Nouripour (46): “If you are in danger of life during traffic controls, it is a very, very difficult matter.”

► SPD interior expert Sebastian Fiedler (47) to BILD: “Such terrible events can shake up entire police stations. All those who knew colleagues could have been traumatized. Psychosocial support from police chaplains is now super important.”

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