Man fatally shoots prosecutor during sentencing

Barrier tape hangs in front of the local district court in Dachau, after a man shot and killed a prosecutor on January 11, 2012.

Story highlights

  • The man opens fire and shoots a prosecutor, police say
  • He was being sentenced for misappropriation of payroll funds
A man accused of killing the prosecutor in a Dachau courtroom during his sentencing will face a murder charge Thursday, German police said.
The 54-year-old was being sentenced Wednesday for "withholding and misappropriation of payroll monies" when he pulled out a pistol and opened fire, police statement.
The 31-year-old prosecuting attorney was struck several times and later died at a local hospital.
Two witnesses in the courtroom overpowered the shooter.
Dachau is located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of Munich in the southern state of Bavaria