Officer critical after shooting

A 29-year-old Thessaloniki policeman was yesterday in critical condition after being shot twice by a suspected drug dealer whose car he had stopped for an inspection. The officer was shot in the stomach and shoulder by the driver of a car he stopped at around 3 a.m. to conduct a standard check. The 29-year-old fired back but the assailant, a foreigner, managed to escape. Another three foreigners and a Greek woman who had been in the car were arrested. A subsequent search of the vehicle unearthed just over half a kilo of cocaine. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Margaritis Tzimas and Greek Police Chief Anastassios Dimoschakis both visited the injured officer in the hospital yesterday. Doctors late yesterday expressed «optimism» that the officer’s injuries were not life-threatening following several hours of surgery.