Man arrested for running over police officer

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a traffic police officer near Mariestad in central Sweden on Sunday afternoon. The man ran over the officer when commanded to stop.

The motorcycle police officer had attempted to stop the man for speeding on the E 20 on Sunday.

The man was arrested and brought in for questioning at around 11pm on Sunday according to Sveriges Radio.

“We have interrogated the man and detained him,” said Johan Rapp at Skövde police to news agency TT.

The man is suspected of attempted murder. He is in his thirties and is resident in Östra Skaraborg, according to Johan Rapp. The man will be interviewed further on Monday.

The incident occurred at around 5pm on Sunday when two motorcycle police officers attempted to stop the man for speeding. One of the police officers was in civilian dress while the other was in uniform and drove a marked police motorbike.

The uniformed police officer drove his vehicle alongside the man’s car and signalled to him to pull over. The man instead elected to swing to the left and into the police officer. He then fled heading south at high speed.

The 57-year-old police officer was taken by ambulance to Kärn hospital in Skövde. His injuries are minor but he remains in hospital under observation.

Several police and car drivers witnessed the incident and were able to make a note of the man’s car registration number. The car was later found close to the incident. Johan Rapp confirmed to TT that the arrested man is the registered owner of the vehicle.

Police in Västra Götaland were unwilling to confirm on Monday morning whether the man has a previous criminal record.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.