German police find pistol forcibly stolen from guard
BUDINGEN, Germany — Following a deadly shootout in Frankfurt, German police have recovered a pistol forcibly taken last weekend from a Ponds Security guard assigned to a U.S. Army housing area near Hanau, according to U.S. and German authorities.
Two suspects were shot to death in the exchange late Tuesday after they fired at a German police officer making a random traffic stop. German police did not identify the men, other than to say they were 22 and 31 years old.
Though shot in the shoulder, the German police officer did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Christine Kuempel, a spokeswoman for the 414th Base Support Battalion in Hanau, said the Ponds Security guard also escaped serious injury.
The 34-year-old security guard told police that shortly after midnight Saturday, an unknown man appeared at the fortified gate leading to Armstrong Barracks in Budingen.
The man brandished a pistol and forced the private security officer into the guard shack, where he was tied up. The guard’s gun, ammunition and radio were taken.
Authorities said the guard heard another voice, but couldn’t see a second robber. The guard eventually freed himself and notified local police.
German police are familiar with the younger man killed in the shootout, explaining he was known to police in nearby Friedberg for drug and theft offenses. The younger gunman briefly worked for Ponds from December 2002 to June 2003, German police said.
They believe he may have been the second man in on the robbery, but aren’t sure.