Video: Polish Prosecutor Mikolaj Przybyl Shoots Himself in the Head

| by Michael Allen

Colonel Mikolaj Przybyl, a military prosecutor in Poznan, Poland, shot himself in the head Monday after defending the work of his office and rejecting planned reforms.

TVN24 News left its camera on (after reporters left) and their video (below) shows Przybyl walking across his office and out of sight before a gunshot is heard off-camera.

Amazingly, Przybyl survived the shooting. Hospital director Leslaw Lenartowicz said Przybyl is in stable condition. Przybyl suffered injuries to his face.

Przybyl is a deputy head of the prosecutor’s office in Poznan and had just defended a military investigation into leaks related to a plane crash that killed Poland's president two years ago.

Chief Military Prosecutor, Krzysztof Parulski said that Przybyl was one of the “best prosecutors” and a “man of honor.”

But some officials are calling for a probe into the case, saying that Przybyl’s statement suggests a massive corruption problem in the army.

Moments before shooting himself, Przybyl read a statement to reporters in which he objected to plans by Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet to put military prosecutors under civilian authority. He also said that military prosecutors were proving themselves competent in the many probes that they have opened into organized crime cases inside the army.