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Prison officer in fatal spree

A 23-year-old jail guard accused of opening fire at oncoming motorists on a country road in western Crete, killing one person and seriously injuring another, was «incoherent» when arrested, police said yesterday. According to police, the suspect, who had been employed as a guard outside a jail in Hania, started firing at oncoming motorists on a country road near the resort of Sougia at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, killing a 48-year-old motorist and leaving another driver with serious face and shoulder injuries. He is also alleged to have fired at a taxi driver who managed to avoid injury. The 23-year-old, who used a registered shotgun in the alleged attack, was found by police yesterday at his parents’ home. Police said that he admitted to the shootings but became incoherent when asked why he did it. Hania’s Police Chief Emmanouil Stagakis said: «He kept repeating illogical assertions such as ‘It was fate,’ ‘It was God’s will,’ ‘It’s the fault of the system’ and similar statements.»