German police shoot ‘rampaging’ man near Berlin Cathedral

Police vehicles outside the scene of shooting at Berlin Cathedral

A German police officer accidentally shot a colleague while trying to stop a suspect said to be "rampaging" with a knife inside Berlin Cathedral.

Two officers responded to the call and asked the suspect repeatedly to put down the knife, to no avail, police said.

"Shortly after 4pm police shot at a rampaging man at Berlin Cathedral", police said in a tweet.

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.

According to the Bild newspaper, one of those injured was another police officer.

"He was wounded in the leg".

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A policeman was also slightly injured by a ricocheting bullet from another officer, but was able to leave the hospital in the evening.

Officials said the suspect was 53 years old, but did not identify him.

The area around the cathedral is typically crowded with tourists and visitors, particularly on Sunday.

There was no immediate indication the man's reported actions were linked to terrorism, Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said.

The cathedral lies in central Berlin on the city's famous Museum Island.

The dpa news agency quoted police as saying the man appeared to be confused.

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