Georgia Arrests Failed Bush Assassin!

Update: (Thursday AM) The man arrested after a fatal shootout with police (now being named as Vladimir Arutyunian) has admitted to throwing a grenade at President Bush in Tbilisi!

VIDEO OF THE SHOOTOUT AND ARREST HERE

In a Bloody Shootout Police Emerge with Grenade Attacker!

One policeman was killed in the fight and arrest in a Tbilisi, Georgia Suburb!
** Georgian Officials are now saying they have captured the man who attempted to kill President Bush with a grenade in May! **

** The capture came after a shootout in which one officer was killed and another wounded!! **

** Police raided a property in the Vashli-Jvari suburb of Tbilisi where the suspect was hiding, but he got away after a gunfight in which one policeman was killed, a ministry spokesman said. **

** Dozens of police combed a nearby wood and emerged with the suspect, who was covered in blood, and put him in a police car, a witness said. **

Suspect Vladimir Arutyunian seen in the hospital inTbilisi, Georgia, Thursday, July 21, 2005, in this photo made from video footage released by the Georgian Interior Ministry. (AP)

VIDEO OF BUSH GRENADE ATTACK INVESTIGATION HERE

Police on Wednesday captured a man accused of throwing a live grenade in a crowd not far from where President Bush was speaking in May in Tbilisi, the capital of the Georgia Republic, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said.

Although the grenade never exploded in Freedom Square, it could have, according to Georgian officials and an FBI agent.

The shootout and detention occurred Wednesday evening in the village of Vashlisdzhvari, outside the capital, Tbilisi, ministry spokesman Guram Donadze told The Associated Press. The suspect fled into the woods but was later detained, Donadze said.

President George Bush spoke in front of a crowd estimated in size, from less than 100,000 to more than 300,000 on May 10, 2005.

From the AP:

Rustavi-2 television showed pictures of a dark-haired man it described as the suspect being hustled into a car by police officers. It said he was wounded and identified him as Vladimir Arutyunov, in his late 20s.

The man lived in an eight-story apartment building with his mother, Rustavi-2 reported, citing neighbors as saying Arutyunov was unemployed. The report could not immediately be confirmed.

The police operation came two days after authorities released a photograph of a man suspected of throwing the grenade, which failed to explode, at a podium where Bush was speaking May 10 before tens of thousands of people.

Police also took the mother of the attacker into custody. (There is a picture of this I chose not to post).

Previous “Bush in Georgia” Posts:
GW Rocks Georgia
Bush, Georgia and Explosives
Failed Assassin to be Named

Georgia Releases Pictures of Bush Grenade Attacker

Update: (8:00PM) Powerline is guessing that he may be a “lone assassin” and that this was not an Islamist plot. We will see!

Apparently… police are saying: “He may not have been in control of himself at the time!”
GOPinion is weighing in.

Next Question: How does an unemployed man in Georgia get his hands on a Russian grenade?

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