German policeman shoots man with knife at Berlin Cathedral

German policeman shoots man with knife at Berlin Cathedral

Berlin police shot and wounded a 53-year-old Austrian man who allegedly waved a knife inside the cathedral in the center of the German capital yesterday, Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said.

According to the spokesman, there was no immediate indication the man's reported actions were linked to terrorism.

Wenzel said the incident began when the man entered the Berliner Dom and waved a knife in the area of the altar. Cathedral employees called police, and dozens of people were evacuated from the holy site.

"One of the two officers responding to the call opened fire, wounding the man," DPA news agency cited Wenzel as saying. The second officer also was inadvertently wounded by the shot or shots fired by his colleague.

Both the suspect and the police officer were taken to a hospital, the officer is in serious condition.

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