Man with knife: Burgenland attacker shot dead by police

On Friday afternoon in Bad Sauerbrunn (Mattersburg district), police shot and killed a man who allegedly attacked law enforcement officers with a knife. Before this there was a family dispute in a house.

Police were called to a single-family home in Sanatorium about 2:30 p.m. for a domestic dispute, the Burgenland State Police Department announced in the afternoon.

According to earlier reports, when the police arrived, a man – a 55-year-old German citizen – was threatening his wife with a knife. The man ignored requests from two law enforcement officers to put down their knives and cooperate, and pepper spray was used to no avail.

The man then attacked the police officer with a knife. The police officer was injured – not life-threatening – but the protective equipment he was wearing could have prevented more serious injuries.

“Due to this life-threatening situation, the first police responders fired with their service weapon, which allowed the assailant to stop the attack. A rescue chain was activated, but the man sustained injuries,” police spokesman Helmut said. Marfan.

Further investigations into the use of weapons, in particular the number of firearms fired, the number of service weapons used and the number of blows to the assailant's body, are currently the subject of investigations by the Vienna State Criminal Police. Office.

These internal investigations into the use of weapons run parallel to the criminal investigation process.

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