Spanish police have exchanged gunfire with and then arrested a disgruntled former security guard who allegedly shot three of his former colleagues and a police officer.
Before committing the alleged crime, he had sent his former bosses a message saying “Happy holidays, you bastards”.
The Mossos d’Esquadra, the police force responsible for law enforcement in the Spanish region of Catalonia, arrested Romanian national Marin Eugen Sabau, 45, shortly before 5pm on Tuesday (14th December).
Earlier in the day, shortly after 11am, he had gone to the headquarters of the security service company Securitas, his former employer, in the city of Tarragona.
There, he allegedly opened fire at his former colleagues, wounding three, following an argument. They were taken to hospital, two in a serious condition and one in a critical condition.
The wounded three were the manager, the area inspector and the (female) head of service at the company.
The suspect fled by car to the outskirts of the city of Reus, in the province of Tarragona, where he shot a law enforcement officer in the arm. The wounded officer had to be taken to hospital by helicopter.
The Mossos surrounded the suspect after he barricaded himself in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the town of Riudoms, also in the province of Tarragona, shortly after 4pm.
The officers tried to negotiate with him, but he opened fire, and following an exchange of gunfire with a Mossos SWAT team in which the suspect was critically injured, he was arrested and taken to hospital by helicopter.
According to investigators, the suspect was disgruntled at having being fired from work. He had reportedly sent a message to his former bosses saying “Happy holidays, you bastards” before he committed the alleged crime.
Interviews with his former colleagues revealed he had a “complicated personality” and “was nearly always complaining, about everything”.
Investigators have also said the suspect owns four pistols and a rifle. It is not yet clear which weapons he used in the shootings.