A 40-year-old Sudanese man, armed with a knife, has died after being shot by German police. The incident took place at a home for asylum seekers near the German city of Bremen.
Just before midnight on Sunday, October 3, the police were called to an incident in a shelter for asylum seekers in the town of Harsefeld near the northern German city of Bremen.
"As the police officers arrived, they were met by a 40-year-old Sudanese man armed with a knife," according to the police press statement. As the operation was underway, the man is alleged to have attacked the officers with the knife.
"This is why their guns were used and several shots were fired," continues the police statement. The man died soon after in hospital.
Investigation into the incident
State prosecutors have already begun an investigation into the incident. The police officers involved face possible charges of manslaughter. The investigation will pay "particular attention to whether or not the police officers were forced to act in self defense,"the German press agency dpa reports.
All police officers will be offered psychological support, concluded the statement, signed by chief public prosecutor.
Police called to home several times
According to the German private TV channel ntv, police had already been called twice to the home that evening. The asylum seeker had allegedly been threatening several people on Sunday. At first, the police tried to persuade the man to see a psychiatrist, but he refused, reports ntv.
Then, at about 11:30 p.m., the police were called once again by the other residents of the home because the man was threatening people with a knife. According to media reports, the mayor of Harsefeld, Ute Kück, said the man had known psychological problems, and was already being seen by the local health authorities and a psychiatrist.
The other nine residents of the home were "very affected" by events, Kück is reported to have told dpa. They have all been transferred to other homes for the time being.
With dpa, ntv, police statement