‘Rogue bullet’ injures policeman out jogging

A 34-year-old police psychologist was in intensive care yesterday after being shot in the stomach while jogging near his home in Sepolia, western Athens, by what police believe was a rogue bullet. Michalis Matzanas told police he had felt a blinding pain in his stomach while jogging near a park on Sunday night and realized he was bleeding. He managed to get to his house where a neighbor saw him and took him to the hospital. Doctors said he was in critical condition, as the bullet had perforated his liver. Police noted that the bullet had been fired from a small-caliber pistol but said the shooting probably had been accidental, as the victim had no personal disputes. However senior officers said foul play had not been ruled out. Sepolia and nearby Aghios Panteleimonas are the frequent site of shootings attributed to the settling of accounts.

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