shot while trying to escape

shot while trying to escape
   murdered in custody
   A favoured excuse of the Nazis and other tyrants. Also as shot while fleeing:
    [They] had been shot from ranges of under a metre 'while trying to escape'. (Burleigh, 2000 — the powder burns on the bodies indicated the proximity of the weapon)
    ... homosexuals were routinely 'shot while fleeing' in concentration camps, (ibid.)

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