A car at full speed, shots and a stop They broke the calm this Thursday in Vatican CITY. Despite warnings and loud voices, the driver broke in with his vehicle he crossed the door of Santa Ana and also reached the courtyard of San Damaso, inside the Apostolic Palace, the official seat of Pope Francis. There he stopped and got out of the vehicle by his own means. was detained.
The event occurred after 20:00 (local time, 15 in Argentina) “when a car arrived at the Santa Ana gate in the Vatican, one of the entrances of the Vatican walls“, located 200 meters north of the entrance to Plaza San Pedro.
“After ignoring the instructions given to him by Soldiers of the Swiss Guard who could not enter without the relevant authorisations, temporarily left the entrance and, after maneuvering, returned high speedforcing the two checkpoints of the Swiss Guard and the Corps of the Gendarmerie (Vatican police)”, pontifical sources reported to the media.
In an attempt to stop the car, “the Gendarmerie inspector, who was guarding the door, shot with a gun in the direction to the front tyres vehicle. While [lo] hit the left front wing, the car just kept going.”
Since the alarm code was being broadcast rapidly over the radio, it was closed the door of the Mintallowing access to the rear of the Basilica of Saint Peterthe Vatican gardens and the Plaza de Santa Marta, where the residence of Pope Francis is located.
In the meantime the car arrived at the Patio di San Damaso, and the driver got out without showing any difficulty and was arrested. He remains under arrest.
The man, in his forties, was immediately examined by the doctors of the Health and Hygiene Directorate of the Vatican City State, who found that he was in severe state of psychophysical disorder.
He was transferred to a detention cell in the new premises of the Gendarmerie Command, at the disposal of the judicial authorities, they added.
It is currently unknown whether Pope Francis was close to the incident. The supreme pontiff lives at the other end of the Vatican City, in the Santa Marta hotel, where at that moment he was supposed to dine and retire to his room.
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