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German policeman shoots man with knife at Berlin Cathedral

05 June 2018

A German police officer has shot a knife-wielding Austrian man who went on the rampage in Berlin Cathedral.

"Shortly after 4 pm (1400 GMT) police shot at a rampaging man at Berlin Cathedral", police said. 'He was wounded in the leg'.

The clip shows the man, 53, from Austria, leaping up and down and brandishing the weapon in a tense show down with police at the altar. Some 100 people were at the Dom at the time, police said.

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The suspect and a police officer are hospitalized.

Two officers responded to the call and asked the suspect repeatedly to put down the knife, to no avail, police said. "One of our officers shot [him]", police said. The dpa news agency quoted police as saying the man appeared to be confused.

A Sunday evening prayer service at the church was cancelled.

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The 19th Century cathedral is located in the centre of Berlin on the historic Museum Island. Witnesses said that the cathedral had been blocked off and that armed officers were patrolling the area.

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German policeman shoots man with knife at Berlin Cathedral