Man dies after shooting incident with police in Bruges

A 41-year-old man was shot by police in Bruges on Wednesday afternoon and has died of his wounds. The Public Prosecutor's Office of West Flanders, Bruges Division, confirmed the death. The victim was brandishing knives on a public street.

The police were called to Geerwijnstraat in the centre of Bruges at around 13.00 after a report of a man waving knives in the road. Police tried to subdue him. The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries but died shortly after.

According to Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw (CD&V), the man was known to the police. "His mother had called the police because he was upset. When the officers arrived, the man was in the street and allegedly attacked them with knives. They then shot him."

The Bruges branch of the West Flanders Public Prosecution Service has opened an investigation into the exact circumstances of the incident. The Permanent Oversight Committee on the Police Services (Comité P) is involved in the investigation.

"A weapons expert and a forensic expert will shed more light on the exact circumstances. The laboratory has also been sent to the scene to analyse trace evidence," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

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