According to the Holy See, the car approached the eastern Sant’Anna entrance gate of the Vatican, but was turned away there by the Pontifical Swiss Guard. After a maneuver, it returned and, at high speed, broke through the two control gates of the Swiss Guard and the Vatican State Gendarmerie Corps.
In an attempt to stop the car, one of the Vatican’s forces fired his handgun at the vehicle’s front tires. Although he hit the vehicle on the left front fender, the car continued to drive. The car reached the interior behind the gate and the Cortile di San Damaso, the central courtyard of the Apostolic Palace. The driver got out there without being asked and was arrested by the emergency services, it was said.
The approximately 40-year-old man was immediately examined by a doctor – the doctors at the Health Department of the Vatican State found “psychophysical changes” in him.
fab/wa (dpa, kna)