Helicopters in huge manhunt in Germany for camouflage-wearing crossbow maniac


Special forces and helicopters in huge manhunt in Germany for camouflage-wearing crossbow maniac who overpowered four cops and went on the run in forest

  • Police are combing through rough forested terrain near Offenburg, Germany
  • Suspect is Yves Etienne Rausch who was ID checked near Oppenau in Sunday
  • He initially cooperated before pulling a gun on officers, threatening them
  • He forced them to hand over their service weapons but nobody was injured

Special forces and helicopters have been deployed by German authorities as part of a huge manhunt for a camouflage-wearing crossbow maniac who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, officials said Monday.

About 100 officers were combing Germany’s Black Forest with the help of special forces, helicopters and sniffer dogs as the search entered its second day.

Police in Oppenau, in south-western Germany, warned local residents to stay at home and not pick up any hitchhikers. 

Authorities took the unusual step of naming the suspect as Yves Etienne Rausch, 31, warning that he is carrying several firearms and known to be violent.  

German authorities have deployed hundreds of police in the hunt for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, officials said Monday

Police are combing through rough forested terrain with the support of sniffer dogs and helicopters (pictured) near the southwestern city of Offenburg

Police are combing through rough forested terrain with the support of sniffer dogs and helicopters (pictured) near the southwestern city of Offenburg

Police conducted an ID check on Rausch near the Black Forest town of Oppenau early Sunday.

He initially cooperated before suddenly pulling a gun on officers, threatening them and forcing them to hand over their service weapons. 

Nobody was injured in the incident close to Germany’s border with France.

Rausch is described as being around 5-foot, 7-inches tall, bald, with a goatee beard and wearing camouflage clothing and possibly glasses. 

Authorities took the unusual step of naming the suspect as Yves Etienne Rausch, 31, warning that he is carrying several firearms and known to be violent. Pictured: Police vehicles involved in the search

Authorities took the unusual step of naming the suspect as Yves Etienne Rausch, 31, warning that he is carrying several firearms and known to be violent. Pictured: Police vehicles involved in the search

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