A jihadi with a machete attacked two policewomen at the checkpoint outside of Belgian police headquarters in the city of Charleroi. One woman was seriously injured, another suffered minor wounds, and the third shot the machete wielding attacker before he could inflict more damage. One bystander reported five or six shots, followed by a pause, then three more. From the articles that I have read, it appears she was armed with a pistol. From the BBC.com:
A man shot by police after he attacked two officers with a machete in the Belgian city of Charleroi has died.
The women officers’ injuries are not life-threatening.
The assailant is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) during the assault outside the city’s main police station.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told broadcaster RTL by phone: “Initial indications very clearly point towards terrorism.”
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After an open evaluation process that included numerous competitors, the Smith & Wesson M&P9 was selected for its performance and for the support services provided by the Company. A thorough test and evaluation process by the Belgium Federal Police indicated that the firearm’s reliability, interchangeable grips sizes and low perceived recoil were among the key drivers in the decision . . .
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I don’t know if the jihadi was shot with a S&W M&P9 or one of the older High-Powers. I have not been able to ID any of the pistols carried by police women in pictures associated with the shooting, but there are several officers that are carrying UZI sub-machineguns. The sub-guns seem to be issued as a special tool. Perhaps a knowledgeable reader can inform us as to how often the UZI is seen being carried by the Belgium Federal Police.
The Belgium police also have Steyer AUG rifles in their inventory. This is another example for rampage shooters (or other attackers) to choose “gun free” zones.
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