In the town of Wisznia Mała, located on the outskirts of Wrocław, two men died in the early hours of Sunday morning after a shootout between anti-terrorist police officers and a gang.
One of those who died is a police officer with two children, the other was one of the gang members. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has promised to provide long term financial support to the family of the policeman.
Three more officers were injured during the confrontation; fortunately their injuries are not life threatening.
According to Paweł Petrykowski from the Wroclaw police, the shootout occured during an ambush aimed at arresting a criminal group who were robbing ATMs.
Reports in the Polish press state that one of the gang members pulled out an AK-47 and shot in the direction of the anti-terrorist officers, killing one of them. The police then returned fire and shot down the man who was carrying the assualt rifle.
It is said that the anti-terrorist officers had been using an anti-ballistic shield to protect themselves. However one of the officers reportedly lost his balance due to the sheer force of the assault rifle bullets, momentarily leaving his colleagues exposed.