BERLIN—German police say they are investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found with crossbow bolts in them in a hotel room in Bavaria.
German news agency DPA reported on Sunday, May 12, that employees of a hotel in the town of Passau found the bodies and two crossbows in the room.
Police said the three victims, who were found on Saturday, were a 53-year-old man and two women aged 33 and 30, all of them German citizens.
“Local media reports said the victims had booked a triple room on Friday for a three-day stay in the town of Passau,” according to Freznews.
They said it is not clear what their relationship was, what happened inside the hotel room or how exactly the three died.
Two crossbows were found in a guest room, local police are saying that probably there is a connection in the case, but needs more investigation.
DPA reported that prosecutors have ordered an autopsy.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of the city of Passau, near the river Ilz.
Reported Crossbow Incidents in 2019
An Arkansas woman was shot in the face with a crossbow after stepping in front of her 14-year-old son and 15-year-old nephews.
Janet Partain said that she went to the home of her neighbor, 34-year-old Joseph Avellino, to confront him about stolen property.
“I told him, Joseph I don’t want you on my property no more, this and that. And he was like, ‘Well I’m going to shoot ya’ll,'” Partain told WREG.
Partain said that Avellino produced a crossbow and pointed it at the teens.
“(He) was pointing the arrow at them and he fired a shot at one of them, and I pushed them out the way and I got hit,” she said. “I think I was in shock because once I got hit I said, ‘I can’t believe you almost shot that kid.'”
Partain then hopped in her car and drove herself to the hospital.
A picture shows a visible scar underneath Partain’s left eye with stitches inserted to hold the wound together after treatment.
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The Cross County Sheriff’s Office said that Avellino was arrested on Feb. 11 after getting a call about the incident.
Attempted Murder With Crossbow
A British patient who wrongly blamed a doctor for his father’s death has been found guilty of attempting to murder the doctor with a crossbow.
A court in St. Albans, England, found 46-year-old Mark Waterfall guilty in a three-day trial that weighed evidence, including testimony, that the accused shot Dr. Gary Griffiths after declaring “You killed my father, I am going to kill you.”
The crossbow bolt did not do lethal damage to the GP, according to a BBC report, because the doctor’s untucked shirt affected the trajectory of the projectile as it penetrated his abdomen.
Five days before the defendant shot Griffith, the GP had treated his father, Terence Waterfall, who complained of breathlessness. Griffith referred the father to a hospital to drain fluid from his chest, at which point it was discovered the man had a tumor in his lung. The following day, the father died.
Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek, NTD News reporter Zachary Stieber, and The Associated Press contributed to this article.