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Police catch man after he beheads girlfriend on Greek island

Police shot a man five times after he allegedly killed and beheaded his girlfriend on the Greek island of Santorini on Sunday.

Police shot a man five times after he allegedly killed and beheaded his girlfriend on the Greek island of Santorini on Sunday.

Athanassios Arvanitis, a cook at a local restaurant, fled the crime scene in a patrol car, but a chase ended when police shot him five times. He was undergoing surgery at an island hospital.

Neighbours said that following a heated argument, Arvanitis beheaded his girlfriend's dog with a butcher knife and then killed and beheaded 25-year-old Adamantia Karkali, a teacher in a local village.

An official said when a policeman tried to handcuff Arvanitis, he knifed the officer and flung the woman's head into a patrol car. Arvanitis then took off in a second patrol car and ran over a motorcycle before he was caught.

With files from the Associated Press

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