Police said they shot today at a man "rampaging" at Berlin Cathedral and armed officers cordoned off the entrances to the landmark in the heart of the German capital,
Police said the officer fired to stop the man “rioting” and that the incident was not believed to be terror-related.
“One of our officers shot a rioting man at Berlin cathedral shortly after 4pm,” Berlin police said in a tweet. “He was injured in the legs.”
There were unconfirmed reports a police officer was also injured. The cathedral was sealed off and witnesses were taken to hospital to be treated for shock.
It was not immediately clear whether anyone else was hurt in the incident at Berlin's main Protestant cathedral, one of the city's top tourist attractions.
The iron-domed house of worship is on Museum Island off east Berlin's main Unter den Linden boulevard and close to the Alexanderplatz shopping district.
DPA news agency said some witnesses were taken away to receive psychological counselling.