Dutch Tourist Killed in Suriname during Robbery

Hans Janssen, 54, was killed when he tried to retrieve his wife’s purse, which was snatched by an armed man, according to police reports.

Reports reaching MyiVue.com confirms that at around 11.00 pm, Janssen and his wife were reportedly walking down the Jessurunstraat to their apartment when a dark coloured car pulled up beside them and an armed man approached them, snatching the woman’s purse. When he was trying to get the bag back from the attacker, Janssen was shot at point-blank range. After the shooting the car sped away. Sources indicate that the victim bled to death on the spot.

A police officer at the scene told journalists that analyzing the shot wound it appeared that the victim had been shot with a high-powered weapon. The victim’s wife told police that there was a second man in the car, who was behind the steering wheel. So far no arrests have been made.

Janssen is the second Dutch tourist who has been shot to death in the last two weeks. Several days earlier, a 34-year-old man was shot to death by a patron after an altercation at a nightclub. The shooter was an off-duty police officer.

According to the police public relations department, during an altercation in the nightclub, the police officer was attacked and beaten by two brothers. When leaving the club he was still being chased and beaten by the two men. Upon reaching his car the policeman got his service weapon and fired a warning shot to fend off his attackers, but to no avail. He subsequently shot and killed one of his attackers. After being jailed for several days, the police officer was released by an examining judge, who ruled that he acted in self defence. Meanwhile, investigations are continuing.

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