Terrifying moment man fires crossbow at police in intense balcony shootout

This is the terrifying moment a man fires a bow in a daring attempt to scare the police during an intense standoff.

The incident happened after police responded to a stabbing incident in a residential building in the town of Almelo in the Netherlands on Friday, September 17.

Video circulating online the 28-year-old topless suspect holding the mechanical device on the third floor balcony and suddenly firing towards the ground.

Police officers remain a safe distance from him as they watch the man shouting and raising his crossbow in the air.

He then heads back inside the flat where officers later arrested him.

Dutch police, confirmed two people had died and a third was injured

Earlier on Friday morning, the police tweeted a situation was ongoing involving armed officers in the town of Almelo and warned the public not to come near.

They said: "The situation there is not safe at the moment. So do not come to the location.

"At the stabbing incident at the Mth Steynstraat in #Almelo two people died.

"A third victim was injured. One suspect has been arrested and injured.

  • Two dead after topless man brandishes crossbow from apartment balcony in Netherlands

"The further police investigation is ongoing."

A “GRIP-3” emergency was also declared, which allows the emergency services to work more closely together to respond to the incident and indicates there was a threat to the general population.

In an updated press release, the police confirmed the suspect as a 28-year-old man, who is trained in various martial arts.

The man was eventually arrested and taken to hospital.

Two dead were found in the flat where he lives. The investigation into the identity of the victims is still ongoing.

Almelo is a town of some 73,000 people about 150 kilometers (95 miles) east of Amsterdam and close to the Dutch border with Germany.

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