German police shoot man after knife attack on officer

German police shot and killed a 34-year-old man in Langenhagen late Tuesday night after he attacked an officer with a knife, police reported Wednesday.

The 48-year-old officer also suffered serious injury to his leg from an errant gunshot.

Both men were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, police in the Hannover district of the German state of Lower Saxony said.

The attacker, who had a history of violent crime, died in the hospital.

Police said that before the incident the man had threatened his 22-year-old wife, telling her he would break the apartment door down.