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Police shooting witness rapped

A 50-year-old woman from Athens’s Kypseli neighborhood, who attempted to stop two officers belonging to a rapid response team from arresting a suspect seconds before they were both shot in the head, was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence on Saturday. The mother of three said that she intervened because she thought the officers were arresting a family friend who she knew to be innocent of any wrongdoing. An accomplice of the suspect took advantage of the situation to fire at the policemen before the pair escaped. The judge said he was being lenient with the woman because, after realizing her mistake, she gave the officer who was not seriously injured her mobile phone so he could call for help. The other policeman, Spyros Theodoridis, remained at the Erythros Stavros Hospital last night in critical condition. Police continued their search for the suspects, who they believe are likely to be members of the Russian Mafia.