Man shot dead by Belgian police officer
The man allegedly assaulted two officers in the early Sunday morning.
A man was shot dead by a police officer serving with the Brussels North Local Police in the municipality of Schaarbeek on Sunday morning. The incident happened on the busy Haachtsesteenweg at around 7:45 am.
A police patrol stopped as it believed that the man required assistance.
Two officers got out of the patrol car and were threatened by the man.
The policemen tried to calm him down, but were unable to do so.
The man produced a knife and injured one of the officers on the arm.
He proceeded to threaten the second policeman who drew his weapon and shot his colleague’s assailant.
The man was shot twice, once in the arm and once in his chest.
He died at the scene.
The dead man worked for Schaarbeek council.
The Interior Minister Guido De Padt (Flemish Liberal) told journalists that initial indications would point to the police officer having acted in self-defence.