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Italian police officer kills wife, daughters and himself with service gun

A police officer from Genoa reportedly shot his wife and two young daughters while they slept on Wednesday morning, before turning the gun on himself.

Italian police officer kills wife, daughters and himself with service gun
File photo of Genoa, where the triple murder took place. Photo: Luca Volpi/Flickr

The 49-year-old then contacted the local police unit where he worked in a technical role, saying: “Come to my house, I'll leave the door open. I've killed them all,” Genova Today reported.

He also told colleagues he was about to kill himself.

Italian media have named the man as 49-year-old Mauro Agrosi, and it is thought that he used his service weapon to carry out the murders, covering the gun with a pillow to act as a silencer.

The triple murder took place shortly before 7am in the coastal Cornigliano district of the Ligurian city where Agrosi lived with his wife and two daughters, aged 14 and ten.

The incident has parallels to a similar crime which took place in the same area in 2003, when a 47-year-old police officer killed his wife and two young children with his service weapon, before killing himself.

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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