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A police officer stands in the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich, Germany, where a U.S. soldier allegedly hit an elderly man and threatened police with a fire extinguisher. German police say they were forced to shoot the soldier twice in order to subdue him.

A police officer stands in the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich, Germany, where a U.S. soldier allegedly hit an elderly man and threatened police with a fire extinguisher. German police say they were forced to shoot the soldier twice in order to subdue him. (Courtesy of Bavarian Police)

A police officer stands in the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich, Germany, where a U.S. soldier allegedly hit an elderly man and threatened police with a fire extinguisher. German police say they were forced to shoot the soldier twice in order to subdue him.

A police officer stands in the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich, Germany, where a U.S. soldier allegedly hit an elderly man and threatened police with a fire extinguisher. German police say they were forced to shoot the soldier twice in order to subdue him. (Courtesy of Bavarian Police)

A police officer holds the fire extinguisher that an American soldier allegedly used to threaten German police with during a rampage through a Munich hospital.

A police officer holds the fire extinguisher that an American soldier allegedly used to threaten German police with during a rampage through a Munich hospital. (Courtesy of Bavarian Police)

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — An American soldier shot last week by German police in the emergency room of a hospital in Munich is in good condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, officials said Thursday.

The soldier, a 28-year-old member of the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, was shot in the legs Sept. 25 by Munich police after he allegedly backed them and a doctor into a corner and threatened to bludgeon them with a fire extinguisher, according to a release from the Munich police.

A spokesman for Landstuhl said the soldier is being treated for a leg fracture.

According to German media reports, the soldier fell and suffered a head injury while leaving the Oktoberfest beer festival, then lashed out at emergency responders as they attempted to treat him. Police and some of the soldier’s colleagues helped get him to the hospital, according to Munich’s Abendzeitung.

The soldier was given a sedative, according to news reports, and held for observation. He woke about two hours later in an agitated state and began storming through the hallways, grabbing three fire extinguishers from the walls and allegedly attacking hospital staff and patients. An 89-year-old man suffered a split lip in the incident, the Abendzeitung reported.

Police called to the scene said they were forced to open fire when the soldier ignored repeated commands in German and English to stop and attempted to attack them with a fire extinguisher. The first shot did not stop the soldier, so police fired a second time. The soldier was treated immediately for his injuries, which were never considered life-threatening, according to Munich police.

The soldier was transferred this week to Landstuhl for further treatment, said Maj. Neil Penttila, a spokesman for the 2CR.

Penttila said the U.S. Army is conducting an internal investigation parallel to an investigation by Munich police. The shooting is under investigation by German authorities, but is believed to be a legal use of a weapon in an emergency situation, the German police release said.

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