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Two psychiatric patients killed by fellow patient at German hospital

Two psychiatric patients are killed by fellow patient at German hospital who also attacks female nurses and a police officer

  • 21-year-old psychiatric patient suspected of killing two patients aged 54 and 56
  • The man had admitted himself to psychiatric hospital in Lüneburg on Thursday
  • He allegedly killed the two older male patients at 2am on Friday night and attacked two female nurses and a police officer after throwing objects at them

A 21-year-old psychiatric patient is suspected of killing two fellow patients and attacking two female nurses and a police officer at a German hospital.  

The man had admitted himself to the psychiatric clinic in the northern town of Lüneburg, near Hamburg, Thursday. 

He allegedly attacked two older male patients, aged 54 and 56, on Friday night at 2am and murdered them.   

The psychiatric patient also attacked the nursing staff and injured two female nurses, aged 42 and 61, and a police officer, Lueneburg police spokesperson Antje Freudenberg told local newspaper Die Lippische Landes-Zeitung. 

One of the nurses was seriously injured in the attack. 

A 21-year-old psychiatric patient is suspected of killing two fellow patients and attacking two female nurses and a police officer at a German hospital. Pictured: The Lüneburg Psychiatric Clinic

The man had admitted himself to the psychiatric clinic in the northern town of Lüneburg, near Hamburg, Thursday

Several police officers rushed to the Lüneburg Psychiatric Clinic and when they approached the suspect he allegedly threw objects at them, injuring one officer. 

The police said they used pepper spray and were able to arrest him. 

Initial police reports suggest the suspect strangled the 54-year-old man to death while the older patient was rushed to hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.  

The 21-year-old patient had voluntarily admitted himself to the clinic for treatment on Thursday, said Angela Wilhelm, spokeswoman for Psychiatric Clinic Lüneburg.

Following their normal procedure, medical staff placed him in a closed ward to understand his illness, Wilhelm added. There had been no indication of him wanting to endanger others or himself.

The suspect remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.      

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