Police received reports of a man wielding several knives in the Winston Churchillstraat and attended the scene. Police fired at the man, who later died of his injuries.
An Schoonjans of East Flemish public prosecutors: "A weapons expert and a police doctor are on the case. Forensics too attended the scene."
Two investigations are underway: one into the facts that necessitated the police intervention and a second into the shooting itself. This second investigation will examine whether the police acted in self-defence. Four shots are believed to have been fired.
A second member of the public was also injured by the knife-wielding assailant. He is believed to be the knifeman's neighbour.