Armed man barricades himself in restaurant in south-west Germany

Riot police wait out the front of a restaurant in the center of Saarbruecken where an injured and armed man has barricaded himself in, in Germany on Aug 7, 2016.
Riot police wait out the front of a restaurant in the center of Saarbruecken where an injured and armed man has barricaded himself in, in Germany on Aug 7, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (Reuters) - An armed man drenched in blood barricaded himself into a restaurant in Saarbruecken in south-west Germany on Sunday (Aug 7), a police official said.

The official said the man seemed to be in an "exceptional psychological situation" and there were no indications that this was a terrorist-related incident.

The man is thought to be the son-in-law of the owner of the restaurant, the official said. He is originally from Macedonia but has lived in Germany for many years, he added.

He also said the man was not believed to be holding anyone hostage and a special team of negotiators were trying to speak with him. It remained unclear how he injured himself.

Bild newspaper said that the man had run into the restaurant Dubrovnik in the town centre and shouted that everyone should leave.