Ger­man po­lice shoot dead man wield­ing knife in refugee home

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

An Iraqi man was shot dead by po­lice in Ber­lin af­ter lung­ing with a knife at an­other man who he be­lieved had sex­u­ally abused his daugh­ter, of­fi­cials said yesterday.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened late Tues­day as po­lice were ar­rest­ing the 27year-old al­leged abuser, a Pak­istani cit­i­zen, at a refugee shel­ter in the Ger­man cap­i­tal.

The un­named Iraqi man, 29, was shot by sev­eral of­fi­cers af­ter ig­nor­ing re­peated de­mands to stop, po­lice and pros­e­cu­tors said in a joint state­ment. The man later died of his in­juries.

The Iraqi man’s 6-year-old daugh­ter and her fam­ily are be­ing as­sisted by psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selors.

The head of the Ger­man Po­lice Union, Bodo Pfalz­graf, said yesterday that the in­ci­dent was “tragic” but urged the me­dia not to jump to con­clu­sions about the po­lice of­fi­cers’ ac­tions.

Pfalz­graf said of­fi­cers were bound to “pre­vent vig­i­lan­tism and a sit­u­a­tion that threat­ens their own lives.”

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