German police shoot knife-wielding man in Berlin Cathedral

Police vehicles outside the scene of shooting at Berlin Cathedral

Police vehicles outside the scene of shooting at Berlin Cathedral

A German police officer shot and wounded an Austrian man "rampaging" at Berlin Cathedral on Sunday after he wielded a knife and was "verbally aggressive", officials said.

About 100 people were visiting the cathedral at the time of the incident and had been evacuated by staff by the time two police officers arrived at the scene.

"He was wounded in the leg".

Video footage posted on social media showed armed policemen cordoning off the area around the cathedral and two ambulances parked at its entrance, a tourist attraction in the German capital. The officers used a chemical spray to disarm him, but it did not seem to have an effect. The injured police officer and a 53-year-old Australian suspect were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. Police said the suspect underwent surgery, while the officer was treated for minor injuries and released.

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The cathedral and the surrounding area are typically crowded with visitors, particularly on...

"There are no indications that the motive was terrorism- or Islamist-related", police wrote on Twitter.

A Sunday evening prayer service at the church was cancelled.

It's unclear if anyone else was hurt in the incident at Berlin's main Protestant cathedral, which is close to the Alexanderplatz shopping district.

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