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Police shooter given until Friday to testify; officer still critical

A 50-year-old man who admitted to shooting at four policemen in Hania, Crete, when he saw them questioning his son was given until Friday to respond to attempted murder charges as one of the four officers continued to be in critical, yet stable condition.

The suspect turned himself in to his local police station in the village of Vrysses on Monday and admitted that he opened fire on the officers, whom he spotted questioning his son on the side of the road as he was driving by.

His lawyer said on Tuesday, when the suspect appeared before a prosecutor, that the shots were meant to intimidate the officers, arguing there was no intent to cause injury or death.

However, two officers were hit. One, aged 34, received a serious head injury and is in intensive care at the Hania General Hospital. The second was hit in the leg and is being treated at the Hania Navy Hospital.