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German police shoot ‘rampaging’ man outside Berlin Cathedral

  • Police said on Twitter they shot a ‘rampaging’ man and wounded him in the leg
  • The entrances to the building were blocked off with red-and-white police tape
  • The suspect, 53, from Austria, was taken to hospital along with a police officer
  • No one else is believed to have been injured despite 100 people being present  

Police have shot at a ‘rampaging’ man in Berlin in an exchange that saw an officer injured and dozens evacuated.

The suspect, 53, believed to be from Austria, was shot in the leg and was taken to hospital, along with a police officer also wounded in the incident. 

It was not immediately clear whether anyone else was hurt in the incident at Berlin’s main Protestant cathedral, one of the city’s top tourist attractions. 

‘Shortly after 4 pm (3pm BST) police shot at a rampaging man at Berlin Cathedral,’ police said in a tweet. ‘He was wounded in the leg.’ There were around 100 people present at the time.

Officers in the German capital say they do not believe the attack was terror-related.

Police in front of the Berliner Dom after a German policeman shot a man at the Berlin Cathedral

The entrances to the building were blocked off with red-and-white police tape and several officers with automatic weapons were patrolling the scene.

Some witnesses were taken away to receive psychological counselling.  

The iron-domed house of worship is on Museum Island off east Berlin’s main Unter den Linden boulevard and close to the Alexanderplatz shopping district.  

Police secure the Berliner Dom after a German policeman shot a man at the Berlin Cathedral

Police secure the Berliner Dom after a German policeman shot a man at the Berlin Cathedral

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