A 35-year-old knifeman has been shot and injured by police on the Greek island of Santorini, after he decapitated his girlfriend and walked around the streets with her head, terrifying residents of the popular tourist island, who barricaded themselves into their homes and called the authorities.
Before being shot during a dramatic car chase, the suspect crashed into a motorbike, badly injuring the rider and pillion passenger.
It is one of the most ghastly crime in Greece in recent memory.
After beheading his girlfriend, who was a teacher in her mid-to-late 20s, in the village of Vourvoulos, close to Thira, the island’s capital, the man reportedly paraded with the head.
The local sub-prefect said on television that officers, while trying to arrest the man, have been attacked by him. One policeman has been slashed in the face.
History of violence
The suspect also threw the head into a patrol car and then stole a police jeep and tried to get away.
After 400m, he slammed into a motorbike carrying two female doctors, who were thrown into the air and badly hurt.
Then, the alleged knifeman has been hit five times, when the police opened fire.
One eyewitness said that a woman has been hit in the leg and jaw by one police bullet, which ricocheted off the road.
The authorities say they are organising a military aircraft to fly the man, who is said to have a history of jealousy and domestic violence, and some of those he injured to undergo emergency surgery in Athens.