German authorities are investigating three officers who shot dead an Iraqi resident of a Berlin refugee centre as he was trying to stab another resident, officials said Wednesday.
The shooting occurred late Tuesday in Berlin's Moabit district when the 29-year-old lunged with a knife at a 27-year-old Pakistani resident, who was being arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the man's 6-year-old daughter.
After being placed inside a police vehicle in handcuffs, the father of the girl attempted to stab the Pakistani man, yelling "You won't survive this" before being shot multiple times by several officers, witnesses said.
A homicide division is now investigating the officers' conduct in the shooting, which is a standard procedure after the use of deadly force, Martin Steltner of the Berlin prosecutor's office said.
According to witnesses, the man had taken the 6-year-old to a park adjacent to the refugee housing on Tuesday. Police said that the girl is physically unharmed and receiving counselling.
The Iraqi died several hours later in hospital, while the 27-year-old is being investigated over the abuse allegations.
Sexual assault against women in refugee hostels has risen dramatically since 1.1 million migrants entered the country in 2015, which left the authorities struggling to cope.
According to a report in German newspaper Tagesspiegel, 128 cases of sexual assault were recorded in refugee hostels across Germany in the first three months of this year.