Police wounded in Italy shooting

Two police officers have been shot and wounded near the Prime Minister's office in Rome. Reports says the alleged gunman, who is in custody, told investigators he acted out of anger with politicians. Today Italy's new government was sworn in.

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Italy shooting officer remains in a 'serious condition'

A police officer shot in the neck outside the Italian Prime Minister's office remains in a serious condition, a hospital officials said.

Doctor Amalia Allocca said Giuseppe Giangrande, one of two paramilitary officers shot, arrived at Rome's Policlinico Umberto I Hospital with a bullet still inside him.

Rome's Policlinico Umberto I Hospital, where the police officer is in a serious condition. Credit: APTN

Surgeons removed the bullet and found it had passed inside his neck, touching the upper part of his spinal cord.

Mr Giangrande is being kept under close observation as medical staff complete tests, Dr Allocca said.

The second wounded officer was taken to the San Giovanni Hospital, also in Rome.

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Italy gunman 'wanted to shoot politicians'

The alleged gunman who shot two police officers and a passerby outside the Italian Prime Minister's Office told investigators he acted out of anger with politicians, Reuters reported, citing a prosecutor working on the case.

Italian police patrol the area where two officers were shot and wounded outside the Prime Minister's Office. Credit: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

"His intention was to strike politicians", deputy Rome prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani said after the incident, which took place as the new government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta was being sworn in at the nearby presidential palace.

The shooter, identified by police as 49-year-old Luigi Preiti, an unemployed man from the southern region of Calabria, has been arrested.

Scene of shooting outside Italian PM's office

Two Italian police officers have been shot and wounded outside the prime minister's office in Rome.

The shooting occurred at the same as Prime Minister Enrico Letta's new government was being sworn in just a mile away.

Investigators examine the scene of the shooting

Mr Letta later described the incident as a "tragic gesture" of an unemployed man.

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Italy's new PM Enrico Letta is sworn-in

Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta has been sworn in, bringing to an end two months of political stalemate since the general election.

Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta has been sworn in at a ceremony in Rome Credit: APTN

The coalition government brings together Mr Letta's Democratic Party and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.

A declaration is signed by Mr Letta

Outside the Prime Minister's office, two police officers were injured after a man opened fire.

Prime Minister Letta shakes hands with President Giorgio Napolitano. Credit: APTN
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