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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 06:35 GMT 07:35 UK
Man held over Italy killing spree
Special police in Bogogno
Elite police said the arrest took just seven seconds
Police in Italy have arrested a man who went on a shooting spree, killing three people and wounding nine others.

Angelo Sacco was detained after police stormed his house in the small northern town of Bogogno, 60km north-west of Milan, after a nine-hour siege.

The stand-off began after Mr Sacco began firing at cars and passers-by after receiving an eviction order.

One of the victims and six of the injured were Carabinieri police. The other two victims were passers-by.

The rampage happened after a bailiff, Claudio Morsuillo, went to re-possess Mr Sacco's home on Monday afternoon.

Mr Sacco, who is in his 50s, shot the bailiff dead before shutting himself inside and starting to shoot from the windows.

No resistance

He fired on a police van and passers-by, killing one police officer and one civilian, and seriously wounding a woman in the stomach.

He did not answer the phone or police appeals by megaphone.

His mother, sister and aunt were also in the house at the time.

At around midnight (2200GMT) an elite police unit stormed the building, meeting no resistance.

"Sacco was found sitting on a couch in his boxer shorts," AFP news agency quoted local prosecutor Corrado Canfora as saying.

The officer in charge of the operation said they used gas to stun Mr Sacco, and that his capture took just seven seconds.

Angelo Sacco is said to be an IT technician and a skilled hobby hunter.

Franco Carbonari, described as a friend of the arrested man, told the agency also said he was a former soldier and "an excellent shot".


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