Police fire shots in arrest of butcher knife wielding man

Dutch police officers (Stock Photo: Politie)Dutch police officers (Stock Photo: Politie)

Police officers fired several shots near Spijkenisse subway station on Tuesday while arrested a man waving a butcher knife about and shouting. The suspect was hit in the leg. No one else was injured, the police said in a statement.

The police responded to the scene around 4:40 p.m. after reports that a disturbed looking man was walking down the street, shouting and waving a butcher knife. Officers followed the man, who was walking from the station towards Raadhuislaan via Schepenpad, all the while still waving the knife.

The officers instructed the man to put the knife down, but he refused. He turned on the officers, who felt compelled to pull their firearms and fire shots. The man was hit in the leg and arrested. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

As is the case with all police involved shootings, an investigation was launched by the Rijksrecherche - the department that handles internal investigations at the police.