Speaking at a press conference on Friday, prosecutor Pär Andersson said that the murder constituted a “premeditated execution”.
The police officer, who was 32, was shot as he attempted to detain the man in central Nyköping, 100 kilometres south of Stockholm. Police were enforcing an order from mental health authorities to section the 55-year-old man.
Fredrik Widén, who was wearing plain clothes at the time, was shot at least seven times in the hall of the apartment block in which the man lives. He was hit in the chest and abdomen.
Widén’s 27-year-old colleague was hit in the arm. A third police officer is also reported to have been “sidelined”, a point on which the prosecutor refused to elaborate.
According to the prosecutor, Widén’s colleagues were lucky to escape with their lives intact as the 55-year-old’s ammunition ran out when he turned his attentions to the 27-year-old officer.
“The murder was a premeditated execution. He has long been mentally prepared to kill. It was a ruthless act,” said Pär Andersson.