A 43-year-old homeless citizen was seriously injured this afternoon in Barcelona when he received at least one of the two shots fired by an agent of the Urban Guard after he threatened him with a large knife.
The Deputy Mayor for Prevention and Safety of the Barcelona City Council, Albert Batlle, reported tonight at a press conference that the event took place shortly before 7:00 p.m., at number 44 of Paseo de Sant Joan. A patrol had traveled to that place, Batlle said, following a complaint from a neighbor that there was a person who was causing a nuisance on the street.
When the agents came to the scene, the man, visibly “upset”, tried to attack the police with a large knife, for which an agent drew his weapon and fired two shots. One of the bullets has hit the man in the abdomen. The citizen, of Hungarian nationality, has been transferred in serious condition by members of the Medical Emergency System (EMS) to the Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona, where, according to Batlle, he is stable waiting to be operated on.
Batlle has indicated that this event is being investigated by the internal affairs of the Urban Guard and also the Mossos, who have displaced troops to the area of the event. The deputy mayor has asked to wait to know the result of this investigation before “daring” to assess the action of the local police and if he has acted hastily. “It would be inconvenient” at this time, when the investigation is in a preliminary phase, Batlle pointed out.
The deputy mayor has expressed his willingness to offer “transparent” information about this event, of which he will give all the details to the opposition groups in the consistory and of which he has informed the mayor, Ada Colau.