The man who shot a police officer in Munich on Tuesday has been named as Alexander Bischof, a German native who had lived with his father in Colorado. Bischof was arrested outside a train station in suburban Munich after he grabbed a police woman’s gun and shot her along with two bystanders. Despite receiving a serious injury the 26-year-old policewoman managed to return fire, wounding Bischof who was then arrested. The injured officer, who was shot in the head, is in a critical state in hospital while the two bystanders, one of whom was shot in the arm and the other in the leg, were seriously injured. Bischof, 37, who was said to be visiting Europe, had flown from Athens to Munich on Monday and slept in the airport. The following day on a train into central Munich Bischof was heard talking aloud to himself in English before suddenly attacking another passenger at random, leaving them in a bloodied state. Bischof was removed from the train at Unterfoehring S-Bahn station where he was being questioned by police when he tried to push one of the officers onto the tracks before grabbing the policewoman’s gun and opening fire. Initially, Bischof was identified by the authorities as a German citizen born in Bavaria, but more information about his background came to light today when it was revealed that his parents run a German food stand in Fort Collins, Colorado. Bischof’s German father and South African mother immigrated to the US in 1981 and set up a music school. Alexander Bischof had a minor criminal record in Colorado including careless driving, third-degree assault and theft. He had also been involved in a child custody case. Terrorism has been ruled out as a motivation for the attack in Munich where Bischof is currently undergoing psychological assessment while in custody.
Reporting by The BBC, The Telegraph and Chicago Tribune