German police have launched a huge manhunt involving hundreds of officers, special forces and helicopters, to locate a man who’d earlier disarmed four of their colleagues, in a brazen broad daylight attack.

The suspect is “violent and armed with several firearms,” police in the southwestern German state of Baden Wuertemberg were warning, urging people in the town of Oppenau, not far from the border with France, to stay at home. People were also being urged to avoid forest areas as well as not to take any hitchhikers in the area, under any circumstances.

The threat posed by the 31-year-old is apparently so high that the police decided to openly reveal his full name and to show his photos on a wanted list it published on its website – an uncommon tactic for German law enforcement.

The suspect, identified as Yves Etienne Rausch, is described as a 170-cms-tall man with a bald head and a goatee beard wearing glasses and a camouflage outfit.

Although, he does not appear to have a particularly intimidating appearance, the man still managed to disarm as many as four police officers in just one attack and took their weapons. It all started as a somewhat routine ID check when someone alerted the police on Sunday morning about a suspicious looking individual armed with a bow and arrows. (RT)