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Czech President Is Shot—With a Pellet Gun

Vaclav Klaus recoiled when Communist sympathizer opened fire

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2012 5:43 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Czech President Vaclav Klaus was opening a bridge in the northern town of Chrastava Friday when a man shot him at close range—with a pellet gun. The president recoiled a little but seemed unhurt, Radio Prague reports. The real damage may be to his security detail, whose chief bodyguard, Jirí Sklenka, resigned today after a rebuke from the president. "I feel I must take responsibility for the actions of my subordinates and I must face this like a man," Sklenka said.

The attacker was a 26-year-old Commmunist sympathizer who said he shot the president because the government ignores the needs of everyday people. He said he preferred to use a pellet gun rather than tomatoes or rotten eggs because the gun made more of a statement. Charged with disorderly conduct, he was allowed to return to work today.

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