Arms dealer Edmond K. (60) is on trial in Rheinfelden AG
Was he right to have a wild shootout with burglars?
At the end of October 2020, a village in Aargau was like an action film. When burglars want to break into a gun shop, owner Edmond K. (60) shoots at the gangsters. They shoot back and run away. The arms dealer is now on trial.
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Arms dealer Edmond K. (60) in an interview on the SRF program “Rundschau”.
Ralph Donghireporter news
On Wednesday, the Rheinfelden AG district court had to judge an extraordinary case. Edmond K.* (60) from Aargau is accused. The owner of a gun shop was woken up on October 30, 2020 because six people, some of whom were heavily armed, tried to break into his shop below his apartment in the middle of the night.
When K. noticed one of the burglars in front of his bedroom window who wanted to turn off an alarm system, “the gun shop owner opened fire,” as the Aargau public prosecutor announced in May 2022. Then there was “a shootout with the suspected burglars”. The perpetrators finally fled in their vehicles to France, where a French suspect (32) was later arrested. The authorities there took over the procedure.
Edmond K. is said to have prepared himself
Now K. has to explain himself to the court because of multiple attempts at murder. According to the public prosecutor’s office, the canton police had already sought to speak to him several weeks before the event – this was due to similar cases of burglary in the supra-cantonal area.
K. “decided to prepare” by having a long gun with ammunition ready for emergencies. The public prosecutor’s office therefore accuses him of having “at least accepted” serious injuries and the killing of several people by firing shots at the vehicles and occupants.
Arms dealer spoke in the “Rundschau”
According to a report in the “Rundschau”, the public prosecutor’s office wants to demand three years in prison for K. – six months of it absolutely. The gun shop owner showed in the SRF program with his face and real name how he experienced the incident. “I opened the window and screamed.” Despite all efforts, he could not deter the gangsters. “So I fired a warning shot into the wall,” said K. The bullet injured the arm of the armed man who had climbed up the bedroom window.
The arms dealer also showed the video surveillance images on the show. You can see the exchange of gunfire. Seven bullets are said to have penetrated K.’s bedroom, and 17 are said to have hit the facade. The arms dealer fired back, hitting the engine block of one of the gang’s cars. Only then did the criminals take off. Suspicious people are said to have looked around the gunsmith’s shop the night before.
“It’s very distressing”
In the “Rundschau” K. was dismayed: “It’s very stressful. You think about it every night before you go to bed.” He just wanted to chase away the attackers, but not hit them. Today K. still has his arms shop in Aargau. He didn’t want to say anything about the incident to Blick.
In court, among other things, the questions will arise: Did Edmond K. act in self-defense? And why didn’t he just retreat to his apartment when he was attacked? According to Blick information, the arms dealer did not want weapons to be stolen and end up on the illegal market.
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