Two police officers were injured when responding to an altercation at the intersection of Kifissou and Petrou Ralli avenues in Athens on Thursday night.
A car in which two drunk men were traveling was stopped for an inspection, after the officers observed the two listening to loud music and acting strangely.
According to Greece’s Newsit news portal, the two officers were subsequently attacked by rocks thrown by more than 20 people from a nearby Roma camp, while the two drunk men started shooting in the air with a rifle.
One of the police officers responded by shooting in the air using his service revolver.
According to the officers’ union, the radio of the squad car used by the police officers was inoperable, forcing one of them to use his personal cell phone to call for assistance.
Speaking on the privately-owned ANT1 television station, Stavros Mavroeidakos, the secretary of the union, claimed that the assault was likely perpetrated due to the fact that one of the men from the car recognized one of the police officers as having arrested him in the past at a different incident.
One officer suffered a broken arm, while the other officer sustained injuries to the face and head. Both officers were treated following the incident.