German police kill robber who stabbed two cops

Police in a small town near Leipzig have shot a man after he attempted to rob a betting shop and stabbed three people when confronted.

German police kill robber who stabbed two cops
Naumburg's cathedral has been a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status in the past. Photo: DPA

State prosecutors in Saxony-Anhalt said that the robber burst into a betting shop in Naumburg, southeast of Leipzig, early this morning before threatening an employee with a knife.

They could not say whether the man was attempting to rob the gambling hall.

Police were called to the scene, which took place inside a shopping centre, at around 4 am.

A group of onlookers had gathered in front of the building and the man became violent when officers arrived, attacking police and bystanders with his knife.

Two officers suffered knife wounds, but one of them drew his weapon and shot the attacker dead, a spokesman for state prosecutors said.

“Our understanding so far is that the suspect continued slashing at people around him with the knife. One of the officers called to the scene drew his weapon and fired a shot – with deadly effect,” chief state prosecutor Hans-Jürgen Neufang told Bild.

Police have also yet to confirm the identity of the dead man.

His body will undergo an autopsy to determine the exact effect of the police officer's bullet.

Police shootings are rare in Germany, usually numbering fewer than ten each year.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

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The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.