January 9, 1997 in Nation/World

Wounded Man May Not Face Charges

Associated Press

A man accused of being a Nazi death camp guard, critically wounded in a shootout with police, may never face legal action because he is in such poor health.

Michael Kolnhofer, 79, was in critical condition Wednesday, on a respirator at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “The prognosis for his recovery is poor,” District Attorney Nick Tomasic said.

If he were unable to assist in his defense, he could not be prosecuted, the government probably would abandon efforts to revoke his citizenship and deport him, legal experts have said.

Police shot Kolnhofer Dec. 31 outside his home in Kansas City, Kan., after he fired at them. Police were answering calls from reporters that Kolnhofer was threatening them with a gun.

The shootout came just after federal officials moved to strip Kolnhofer’s U.S. citizenship. He is accused of failing to report that he was a guard at death camps.

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