A 24-year-old man armed with a handgun, is continuing to hold a man and a woman hostage at Ingolstadt city hall in the German state of Bavaria. A third hostage, the deputy mayor of the city, Sepp Misslbeck, was released this afternoon.
According to a police spokesman, the man entered the building just before nine o’clock this morning. He has been in contact with police forces and the Bavarian Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, who spoke to the media.
He said that “it was most likely a case of stalking” and explained the suspect “has already broken the law in the past for violence and other crimes.”
Local media has been reporting that the woman being held is a 25-year-old who had a restraining order taken out against the hostage taker.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was due in the city this afternoon as part of her re-election campaign in Germany’s national elections in September but has now cancelled her trip.