Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Berlin police shoot man waving knife inside cathedral

Berlin police shoot man waving knife inside cathedral

German police shot a man who was "rampaging" around Berlin Cathedral with a knife and had attacked at least one person, according to reports.

One of the two officers responding to the call opened fire, wounding the man, Wenzel said.

Police later said that they had shot at a man "rampaging" in the church, and that he had been injured in the leg.

The suspect and a police officer are hospitalized.

"Based on what we know so far, we have no information that the suspect in any way had a terrorist or Islamist motive", said a spokesman. The officers used a chemical spray to disarm him, but it did not seem to have an effect.

The DPA news agency reported that some witnesses had been traumatised and were taken away for psychological counselling.

Both the assailant and the officer were being treated in hospital.

Police spokesman Winfried Wenzel told Bild: 'A person has been injured by a shot from a police weapon'.

A cordon has been put in place around the cathedral, located in the Mitte borough, a popular tourist area of the German capital. He said that there was nothing to suggest the incident was terrorism-related.

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