Madrid police shoot and kill knife-wielding man

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MADRID – Spanish police on Friday shot and fatally wounded a man who attacked an officer with a large kitchen knife in a southern Madrid suburb, a spokesman said.

Police were called after the man, aged around 40, began threatening passersby with the knife outside a hospital in the Villaverde neighbourhood.

“The man assaulted a police officer, who was forced to shoot at him,” the spokesman said. “When the assault carried on, other officers also fired shots.”

The man, described as of sub-Saharan African origin and known to police, died at the scene from his wounds. He had a record of violence against police since 2020 and apparently suffered from psychiatric problems, the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro; editing by Clara-Laeila Laudette and John Stonestreet)