Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with Machete at University Library in Germany

Police in Mannheim, Germany shot and killed a 31-year-old man armed with a machete at the university library. The incident raises questions about balancing public safety and use of lethal force by police.

author-image
Wojciech Zylm
Updated On
New Update
Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with Machete at University Library in Germany

Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with Machete at University Library in Germany

On Tuesday afternoon, police in Mannheim, Germany shot and killed a 31-year-old German man who was armed with a machete at the University of Mannheim's library. The incident occurred when the man, who was known to police and had been prohibited from entering the library in the past for disruptive behavior, began causing a disturbance.

According to police, when officers arrived at the scene, the man allegedly attacked a library employee. In response to the alarming situation, police opened fire on the man. He was critically injured and later died in the hospital.

The State Criminal Police Office of Baden-Württemberg has opened an investigation into the police's use of firearms during the incident. Authorities said the man had previously been prohibited from entering the library due to repeated disruptive behavior.

Students were present in the Faculty of Economics building where the library is located at the time of the incident, but police said there was no danger to them. The building was subsequently evacuated as a precautionary measure. Lectures were taking place when the attack occurred.

Why this matters:

The motive for the man's attack remains unclear at this time. "The man was previously known to the police, but his motive for the threatening behavior was initially unclear," a police spokesperson stated. The public prosecutor's office and state criminal police are conducting a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Key Takeaways

  • Police in Mannheim, Germany shot and killed a 31-year-old man with a machete.
  • The man was prohibited from entering the university library due to past disruptive behavior.
  • The man allegedly attacked a library employee, prompting police to open fire.
  • The incident raises questions about security measures at public institutions.
  • The motive for the man's attack remains unclear, and an investigation is ongoing.