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Accused Nazi Guard Shot After Firing Gun

Wed., Jan. 1, 1997

A man who was accused Tuesday of being a Nazi death camp guard fired at reporters and police outside his home before he was shot in the leg by police.

About 90 minutes before the shooting, the Justice Department filed papers in federal court seeking to strip Michael Kolnhofer, 79, of his naturalized U.S. citizenship. Officials alleged he concealed his concentration camp ties when he applied for citizenship in 1952.

Kolnhofer’s attorney said the man denies being a concentration camp guard, but Kolnhofer’s niece told WDAF-TV that he admitted to having been a guard in two concentration camps, but that he hadn’t hurt anyone.

Kolnhofer waved a gun at reporters who went to his home Tuesday, yelling at them to leave. When police arrived, he fired shots and police returned fire. He was in serious but stable condition.

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