German Officer Under Investigation for Shooting Knife-Wielding Migrant at Asylum Center

Suspect attacked staff and security guards and refused to drop weapon before being neutralized

A German police officer is under investigation for attempted manslaughter after he shot a knife-wielding migrant who attacked staff at an asylum center this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning in Hannover.

Police were called to an asylum accommodation in Hanover-Vinnhorst where a 25-year-old man had threatened and assaulted employees and security guards.

When officers arrived, they encountered the suspect, who ignored orders to drop a knife he was brandishing.

A 24-year-old cop discharged his service weapon multiple times, striking the armed migrant, who was rushed to hospital for emergency medical treatment.

“After consultation with the public prosecutor’s office in Hanover, investigations were initiated against the police officer and the 25-year-old on suspicion of attempted manslaughter,” authorities explained in a statement.

“Due to the ongoing investigations, no more specific information on the course of the operation can be given at this time.”

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