Policeman cleared of manslaughter charges
TT/The Local · 23 Feb 2007, 11:55
Published: 23 Feb 2007 11:55 GMT+01:00
The prosecutor accepted the district court verdict, but the man's parents were dissatisfied and appealed the decision. They now intend taking the case to the supreme court.
On the morning of 20th March 2005 the 35 year old policeman was sent to a property outside Lindesberg in central Sweden where the young man had been acting in a threatening way towards his parents.
He had already hit his father and the parents were so afraid of their son that they had fled their home and called the police from a nearby petrol station.
When police arrived at the house they were met on the steps by the 22 year old, who had armed himself with knives and was shouting abuse and threatening them.
The police remained a few metres away behind a fence, but when the man began to move towards them, the policeman fired a shot.
According to the prosecutor the shot was aimed at the man's leg. But the bullet hit a gate, ricocheted and hit him in the stomach instead. The man died almost immediately.