Policeman charged with manslaughter over fatal shooting

Prosecutors say Přerov policeman's negligence led to 23-year-old's death when officer mistakenly shot him in a head. If found guilty, policeman faces up to 6 years in prison.

Officer working for local municipal police in Přerov, has been charged with manslaughter over shooting of a 23-year-old to death early January. The policeman was reportedly trying to shoot a dog which attacked him, but mistakenly shot a young man who died on the spot.

Bullet that killed 23-year-old man | Photo courtesy of Přerov Police Dept.

Bullet that killed 23-year-old man | Photo courtesy of Přerov Police Dept.

On the night of the shooting, police were called over a noise complaint. When they arrived at scene, one of the officers allegedly pulled out a gun to defend himself from an attack of 1-year-old Weimaraner.

Locals are outraged over the shooting and plan to gather on Wednesday in protest. Accused policeman is on a medical leave.