‘Rambo’ suspect Yves Rausch held in Black Forest after five-day hunt

German police have arrested a suspected gunman nicknamed “Rambo” after a five-day manhunt in the Black Forest.

Yves Rausch, 31, is said to have fled into the forest near Oppenau, in south-west Germany, on Sunday after threatening four police officers and taking their pistols.

An elite unit, helicopters, thermal detectors and sniffer dogs had been deployed to find him.

More than 2,530 officers were involved in the operation, police said.

The suspect was found hiding in a bush with four handguns placed in front of him and an axe in his lap, deputy regional police chief Juergen Rieger told reporters.

Mr Rausch was slightly injured in the operation, as was a police officer by the axe, Mr Rieger added. Neither needed hospital treatment.

A postal worker gave police information which helped lead to his arrest.

“I am very relieved – I think a line can be drawn under a really extraordinary situation for our little town,” Mayor Uwe Gaiser said, according to Associated Press.

(BBC)

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