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Policeman shoots dead two relatives before turning gun on himself

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A Dutch police officer has shot and killed two family members before turning the gun on himself, police said.

A third relative was seriously injured in the shooting in the city of Dordrecht near the port of Rotterdam.

Earlier reports suggested the policeman had killed three members of his family before failing to kill himself.

Image: Police have said an officer killed two members of his family before turning the gun on himself

The force has since said the officer was one of those who died.

Rotterdam police said in a statement on Twitter: "Three people were killed in the shooting incident in Dordrecht's Heimerstein (neighbourhood).

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"One person was seriously injured.

Police officers stand the scene of the shooting in Dordrecht
Image: Police officers stand near the scene of the shooting in Dordrecht

Police spokesman Wim Hoonhout said: "It seems like a family incident."

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Emergency response teams were at the scene and a home in the neighbourhood had been cordoned off.

Dordrecht Mayor Wouter Kolff said on Twitter there had been "a very serious shooting incident" and that he was heading to the scene.

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