• Sweden edition
 

Police officer drunk in charge of firearms unit

Published: 21 May 2009 10:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 May 2009 10:07 GMT+02:00

But new details have emerged that one of the attending senior police officers was drunk at the time.

The police special weapons and firearms unit commander was in fact engaged in an another case that night in September 2008. But he chose to also respond to the alarm outside of Luleå, despite the fact that he had consumed whiskey and strong cider, Sveriges Television (SVT) reports.

The operation concerned a man who had been threatened by his 23-year-old son.

According to SVT, which has gained access to the interrogation material in the case, a police officer in attendance felt threatened by the apparently armed 23-year-old and fired 30 shots, spraying both buildings and cars in the vicinity.

No one was hurt by the volley of shots. However the 23-year-old was later injured by another police officer.

Pär G Lindell, the prosecutor at the police internal crimes unit (riksenheten för polismål) in Umeå, later closed the investigation against the police officers.

According to the interrogation material the inebriated senior officer did not only witness the events but was also actively in command. Lindell was unwilling to comment on the details to the SVT programmed "Uppdrag Granskning".

The firearms unit commander retained his rank and still occupies his post.

Roger Jönsson, information officer at Norrbotten police, says that although he showed a "lack of judgement" it was not sufficient for him to be removed from his position.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:36 May 21, 2009 by wissal. Aweda
he desserve to be given a brivilege
15:35 May 21, 2009 by eZee.se
Awww poor guy, this is Sweden, give him a beer and forget about it ;)
16:26 May 21, 2009 by Harding00
It's bad enough that the cops here don't really do police work here, but when they do they show up drunk!
18:12 May 21, 2009 by eZee.se
@Harding00, better than UK cops though... who dont carry a gun so basically if you have committed a crime and are running the cop will shout: STOP... and if you dont stop... I'll shout STOP again!

And when they do carry guys they shoot some poor innocent dude from Brazil and plant evidence or make up false stories as to the whole incident.
22:28 May 21, 2009 by Harding00
So they still don't carry guns, even after 9/11 and the bombings in England? Can he at least throw his billy club at them? LOL!
22:34 May 21, 2009 by Jasoncarter
Yep, next time someone tries to fly an aeroplane into the Houses Of Parliament let's just hope that they've had the foresight to issue firearms to every beat officer, that way some brave policeman will be able to stop that incoming jet with a few well aimed shots.
22:50 May 21, 2009 by eZee.se
Ah! We have a Brit in the house, displaying their famous dry sarcasm/humour!

> that way some brave policeman will be able to stop that incoming jet with a few well aimed shots.

Does that thing with jets happen a lot?

Forgive my bad memory but I can only think of one incident.. and that too was not in the UK.

On the other hand I'm sure a criminal running from a cop would have a little more respect for the copper if he heard: "Stop motherf##ker or I shoot!"

..but thats just my humble opinion.
01:54 May 22, 2009 by dtes
i think its sad that people dont react with an uproar over this type of behavior, these foolish morons could have killed someone, i dont think its cool at all, and its nothing to make jokes about, these pigs are doing drugs and risking our lives on our tax money, meanwhile they proudly enforce their drugwar and protect the banks and politicians, these fools should not only be demoted right out the door but they should also be thrown in the slammer.
10:01 May 22, 2009 by hardwood
swedish cops are just toddlers in a crime infested world. they have alot to learn and growing up to do. ALOT!!!
11:50 May 22, 2009 by Rubbi
Yeh because nobody runs away from the police in America or Sweden and they do carry guns. Judging by your statement its ok to shoot people who run from the police regardless of the reason or crime

Plus you seem to have really quite a small amount of knowledge about British policing and the increased numbers of police that carry firearms.
Today's headlines
Sports
Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid
Skiers hit the slopes in Åre, western Sweden. Photo: TT

Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid

Norwegian sports officials have said they want to co-host the winter Olympics with Sweden in 2026. But there has so far been no official response from Sweden. READ  

National
Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court
Photo: TT

Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court

A teenage boy who painted anti-Israel slogans and symbols on the Concert Hall in Gothenburg has been convicted for the damages he caused, but he walked free from racial agitation charges. READ  

Politics
'We knew that Israel would be critical'
Israeli ambassador Isaac Bachman. Photo: TT

'We knew that Israel would be critical'

UPDATED: Sweden's Foreign Minister has told The Local she respects Israel's decision to recall its ambassador from Stockholm, after Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine. READ  

Entertainment
A closer look at Sweden's rising stars
Swedish actresses Sandra Huldt and Julia Ragnarsson. Julia (right) has been nominated for a Rising Star award. Photo: TT

A closer look at Sweden's rising stars

Like to be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big thing on the silver screen? We find out more about the Swedish nominees for the Rising Star award to be presented at Stockholm's International Film Festival next week. READ  

Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

National
Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe
The ship was rescued on Thursday. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe

After fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil could sink in Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden's Coast Guard said the vessel had been towed to safety. READ  

National
Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal
A scene from a video of the attack published by Dagens Nyheter

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal

A policewoman accused of letting her dog attack a drunk man while she repeatedly hit him with a baton, has had her conviction overturned by a court in Stockholm. READ  

Entertainment
What's On: October 31st - November 7th
Uma Thurman will soon be on her way to Stockholm. Photo: TT

What's On: October 31st - November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week. READ  

International
Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Gottrid Svartholm Warg. File photo: TT

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday. READ  

National
Malmö loses out as rare toads move in
The European green toad. Photo: H. Krisp (WikiCommons)

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in

After a rare species of toad moved into southern Sweden's Malmö, builders have had to tone down massive expansion plans in the area. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
Sport
Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
Blog updates

31 October

Editor’s Blog, October 31st (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Welcome to our latest 60-second round-up of the week’s news. First, Sweden made headlines around the..." READ »

 

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

970
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN