A police officer who intentionally ran over and critically injured a lawyer in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority city of Şırnak (Şirnex) on Sunday said he was mentally disturbed at the time of the incident, and that he was hearing voices in his head.
The incident occurred when Serkan Karakaş, a lawyer, had to stop his car around 10:30 am due to a technical problem, and got out to see what the problem was.
This was when the police officer, a superintendant in the Şırnak Police Department, drove past Karakaş, then stopped his car, went into reverse, and ran over Karakaş.
On Monday, Karakaş, who was left in a critical condition, with a fractured kneecap and ruptured ligament in his knee after the incident, had to have a lengthy surgical operation.
It has been reported that the operation was successful, although doctors noted that further operations might be required for a full recovery.
The police officer, who was detained after the incident, claimed that he went into reverse and ran over Karakaş after he ‘heard voices in his head.’