"I am taking off now, throw down your weapon!" Egon B. later reported having called out to him while shooting two shots over his head as a warning. But instead of throwing off his weapon, Egon B. claimed that Ulrich Steinhauer pointed his gun at him and that Egon B. responded by firing five shots.
For three hours that night the three young people observed the routine at the border while bolstering each other’s courage. Then they separated the stepladder into two parts and at about 3:30 in the morning, they took one ladder element to climb over the interior wall.