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East German Police Fire at Car of U.S. Military Mission in Berlin

Mar. 22, 1962 - East German policemen fired at a car of the U.S. military mission attached to Soviet forces in East Germany, an Army spokesman said today. The two occupants of the vehicle, an Army officer and his driver, were unhurt, although the car was struck by several bullets. Informed Allied sources said the policemen signaled the U.S. Army car to halt while it was traveling on a public highway. The Americans stopped, but the officer immediately demanded that a Soviet representative be called. The East Germans refused to comply with the demand and said, “we are in authority here.” The officer then told his driver to move on. The police immediately opened fire, hitting the car in the trunk and puncturing one tire. The State Department denounced the incident, calling it an “irresponsible and highly dangerous action.”

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