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Italian policeman speaks of regret

Updated: Monday, 12 Nov 2007 17:43

Italy: violence has rocked the country
Italy: violence has rocked the country

The policeman who accidentally shot and killed a Lazio fan in Italy on Sunday has spoken of his regret over the incident.

The officer, who was trying to quell a fight between Lazio and Juventus fans at a motorway service station near Arezzo, confirmed the bullet was fired in error.

The shot killed Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old disc jockey.

'I didn't look at anything, I didn't point my gun at anyone. I was at least 200 metres away, how could I have done that?' the unnamed officer told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

'The first shot I fired was in the air and the second was fired when I was running, it was an accident. I know now, this is the end for me. I have destroyed two families, that of the man and mine.'

The autopsy on Sandri will be carried out on Monday, while police chiefs have already opened an investigation.

Arezzo assistant police commissioner Giuseppe Priore said: 'No-one intends to cover for the agent.'

News of the shooting prompted violence on the terraces at the game between Atalanta and AC Milan while, later in the day, fans in Rome armed with batons and stones attacked one of the police units in the vicinity of the Stadio Olimpico before raiding the headquarters of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

The CONI security guards, who were unarmed, had to barricade themselves inside the building while waiting for back-up.