Police kill man in Berlin after attack on officer

Police kill man in Berlin after attack on officer
Photo: DPA
A man shot dead by police in central Berlin on Thursday evening attacked the two officers with pepper spray, wrestled a pistol from one of them and shot at him before being gunned down himself.

A spokesman for the state prosecutor which is investigating the case told The Local on Friday that the man, aged 34, was stopped outside the Beate Uhse Sex Museum near the Zoo train station for a routine identity check.

“The area round there is pretty seedy,” the spokesman said. “A lot of things happen there, with the slot machines and the Beate Uhse place so there are relatively many checks. The officers stopped him on a routine identity check and discovered that there was an arrest warrant out for him.”

The spokesman said the man was wanted on charges of armed robbery and fraud.

He said the check continued peacefully while the policemen arrested him, but then he produced a pepper spray and used it on one of the officers.

“The officer fell to the ground and there was a struggle, and the suspect managed to get the officer’s service weapon and shot at him,” the spokesman said.

“He missed and the other officer then shot at him twice, hitting him two times in the upper body.”

The man had a Dutch and a Croatian passport on him, but the prosecutor spokesman said he was Croatian.

A post-mortem which was conducted on Friday morning showed that he died from the shot wounds.

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