The suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack was shot dead near Milan, according to Italian officials, bringing an end to an international manhunt for the 24-year old Tunisian that had kept the continent on edge as the holidays fast approached. Anis Amri was killed, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said, after a dramatic 3:30 a.m. encounter at a routine checkpoint in the Piazza I Maggio in the Sesto San Giovanni area of greater Milan. When encountered by police, Amri pulled a gun and shot one officer, before being shot dead. His identity was confirmed via a fingerprint match.

“He was the most wanted man in Europe,” said Minniti. “There is absolutely no doubt that the person killed is Anis Amri.”