Chain-saw at­tack bloody in Swiss of­fice

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BER­LIN — A man armed with a chain saw wounded five peo­ple at a health in­surer’s of­fice Mon­day in the north­ern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, po­lice said, trig­ger­ing a man­hunt for a sus­pect de­scribed as ag­gres­sive and psy­cho­log­i­cally un­sta­ble.

The sus­pect, Franz Wrousis, 51, has two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for weapons of­fenses and no fixed res­i­dence, au­thor­i­ties said. A dog-walker said she had seen him in the woods near Schaffhausen for the past few weeks.

The at­tacker wounded two in­sur­ance agency em­ploy­ees in their ground-floor of­fice in the old town of Schaffhausen on Mon­day morn­ing, said Christina Wettstein, a spokesman for in­surer CSS. Au­thor­i­ties said their lives were not in dan­ger. The per­pe­tra­tor had fled by the time po­lice ar­rived. Au­thor­i­ties sealed off the city’s old town un­til midafter­noon but kept up their man­hunt.

Swiss po­lice ruled out ter­ror­ism.

“This was first and fore­most a crime against this in­sur­ance agency,” se­nior re­gional po­lice of­fi­cial Ravi Lan­dolt told re­porters, though there was no ex­act word on the sus­pect’s mo­tive. “We have in­for­ma­tion that this man is dan­ger­ous, that he is ag­gres­sive and, shall we say, psy­cho­log­i­cally dis­turbed,” Lan­dolt added.

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