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Police shoot student at Swedish college

TT/The Local · 26 Jan 2010, 15:30

Published: 26 Jan 2010 12:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Jan 2010 15:30 GMT+01:00

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The student, a man in his twenties, was shot in the leg.

Staff at Ljungskile Folk High School alerted the police after the man barricaded himself into a restroom and threatened to cut himself in the stomach.

The victim is being treated at Uddevalla hospital, where his injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.

"He has received fracture injuries that are considered serious," said regional healthcare spokeswoman Vivian Komstadius.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call from the college shortly before eight o'clock on Tuesday morning.

Prior to locking himself in, the man had threatened all those in his immediate vicinity with a knife.

"When the police unit arrived he opened the door and began attacking the policemen," police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told news agency TT.

One of the policemen took aim with his service weapon and fired a shot at the student. According to Fuxborg, "there was a risk that he was going to injure either himself or another person."

Staff at the college told police that the man had been struggling with psychological problems of late.

"We don't know much about what happened yet. But as I understand it the student in question was in a bad state last night," said Janne Lindvall, a teacher at the college.

Ljungskile Folk High School is attended by around 250 students.

"People seem concerned, there's a nervous atmosphere at the school. Police are still here and parts of the residential building have been cordoned off," said student Sandra Schwartz.

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The college's crisis group was activated immediately after the morning's events, as students, teachers and other staff were informed of what had happened.

Classes are continuing but students and staff members have been given access to professional counselling if they wish to speak to somebody about the incident.

"The important thing now is to take care of our other students and allay their concerns," said college head, Ann-Kristin Falkeby.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:47 January 26, 2010 by Beynch
For once we actaually read about how Swedish police acted with determination instead of the usual lackadaisical, baby like, dilly-dallying. Let's see how long it takes for the liberals to weigh in with their pathetic statements that the police overreaaaaacted, and that they should have solved the situation withoooooouuuut viiiiooolence. Thank you police. Maybe there is still hope. I also predict that some loser attorney (a vulture with a law degree) is already on the case, who will now try to drag the police through the mud, say that they acted with exceeeeessive force, that they are brutes, and sue them for untold sums of crowns. Stand up to the lawyer scum and do what's right.
13:36 January 26, 2010 by mikmak
They could have solved the situation using a more moderate form of force, e.g. tasers. I don't know which type of taser the Swedish police uses but most can be used at a safe distance from the suspect.

Even if you do, no law enforcer will ever take pride in having to resort to lethal violence.
13:56 January 26, 2010 by peropaco
The police did their job and they acted with absolute concern for the student life. They could have aimed higher and taken him out but instead they shot him in his foot. Job well done
14:20 January 26, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Beynch

They do not have attorney's in Sverige. Attorneys are in the USA.

They have advocats here in Sverige.

For the record, this liberal agree's with the police shooting him if it was not possible with the facts available to the police at the time to arrest him without violence. In this case the police most likely acted correctly.
14:26 January 26, 2010 by Johan X
i hope they will do the same here in sweden. but we're in sweden and here everything has to be so bloody perfect and it makes me sick.
14:54 January 26, 2010 by Puffin
@ Johan X

You hope they will do the same as what here in Sweden???
15:37 January 26, 2010 by Bostonexpat
People will always cry fowl and question the police's use of force...this guy had a knife..the police acted accordingly. I realize that the Swedish police aren't known for their skill but at some point they need at least some level of support from the public
16:00 January 26, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
The last resort we can use is the POWER. That is why We have police, if crazy people starts to behave like this then we must use somehow power to stop it. I feel sorry for that person and I am sure the police officer is not happy as well. but it is better to stop him than killing himself or killing others.

But I wish they could use a bullet which makes them sleep?
16:11 January 26, 2010 by mikmak

It's called a taser: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser
16:29 January 26, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
What are the injuries that are described as serious but not life-threatening ???

That was not swedish police that was swedish SWAT, swedish police was checking car no. plates if they have paid the third party insurance for 2010 in the adjacent neighborhood
16:49 January 26, 2010 by mikmak

Source? According to to local media (ljungskilenyheter.se) the patrol consisted of two officers from the Uddevalla police department. They called for reinforcements but the shot was fired before they got there.
17:21 January 26, 2010 by Suntiger
I don't think they swedish police have tasers, though it has been suggested several times and I think they have done test with them.

They do have pepper spray though.

I also think the police acted correctly. To safely take down a person armed with a kife without injury to yourself or the weilder takes either a martial arts expert or a ranged weapon/incapacitator unless you want to use excessive force like taking a baseball bat to the guy.

Having not been on the scene I can't second guess the man on the spot with any credibility, so my opinion that the policeman acted correctly is solely based on the scant data available via the news articles.


A major fracture on the arm or leg, or broken ribs, particularly if they puncture the lung, are considered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

I think some types of internal bleeding also are considered serious but not life-threatening.
19:15 January 26, 2010 by franny66
@bostonexpat...yes there are more Nazis here since Sweden was never cleaned up and under the 1940s the country was a washed with Nazi sympathisers and active Nazis, its no accident Gobbles wife was a swede and Sweden had its own SS viking brigade which strangely for swedes fought very well..
19:43 January 26, 2010 by Jimmy
My personal experience with the nuh nuh I have no respect for them, as far as I am concerned changed to a blue uniform.

That said I will say they acted in a correct manner. Must be a good shot as they are instructed to aim for the T, in order to stop a violent individual when armed response is the only alternative.

Think of the paper work this cop is going through right now, and tomorrow.

Think what you like about them but this one did a good job, congrats to him
20:04 January 26, 2010 by Ugly A
Seems like a stun-gun, taser, or pepper spray would have been a better deterent if they were available. What made the kid go into a spin like that? It would be good to get that information.
08:28 January 27, 2010 by square
Nemesis knows all as usual, one minute commenting about all Swedish police being useless and corrupt now they acted correctly, whats it gonna be?? Also if your going to correct people on terms they use you should atleast get spelling right as it's advokat with a K not C.
09:12 January 27, 2010 by Frobobbles
So every time someone is confused, locked into a toilet and threatens to kill themselves, we can expect the police to run in and shoot them in the future? What will be next - getting kittens down from trees with a precision shot from a sniper?
12:41 January 27, 2010 by Audrian
For heaven sake this man is a mentally disturbed person. Shooting is not the right thing to do.
18:33 January 27, 2010 by entry
Hot bulky bullet and stab resistant vests, a tranquilizer gun for escaped zoo animals, Tasers and butterfly nets for left-wing nuts is a little much for police officers to store on their Batman superhero utility belts.

The student was a threat to himself and others, they shot him in the leg and it is over and done with. There have been a couple of other cases that I am aware here in Sweden that the police used remarkable restraint and opted to take a non-lethal shot at the suspect's legs.

As far as I am concerned, three cheers for the Swedish police!
18:52 January 27, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
@peropaco - "...They could have aimed higher and taken him out but instead they shot him in his foot..."

Actually I believe that in the US, police are told that IF they have to shoot, they shoot to kill. The Swedes are taught to shoot to wound! In the US it is so much easier to accomplish SUICIDE BY COP! Something I wonder if this individual was trying to accomplish here.

@Frobobbles - "So every time someone is confused, locked into a toilet and threatens to kill themselves, we can expect the police to run in and shoot them in the future? What will be next - getting kittens down from trees with a precision shot from a sniper?"

Shooting cats out of trees! Excellent idea! A dead cat is a good cat! Otherwise Frob, I would suggest you stop locking yourself in the toilet and threatening people. And whatever you do, do NOT LUNGE at someone with a knife when they have a gun!

And OF COURSE they shot him just because he was locked in a toilet with a knife!

@Audrian - "For heaven sake this man is a mentally disturbed person. Shooting is not the right thing to do."

It is nice to live in a world where mentally disturbed people do no harm to themselves or to others.

I live in the real world and sometimes you just have to stop them. Reasoning with them, stun guns and pepper spray on an insane person is usually not effective! The one thing I learned from working with the mentally disturbed is that you cannot trust their actions! You must stop the violent ones before they harm others!
20:33 January 28, 2010 by workforthesoup
I would say well done.

If this was in US, they would have shot this guy dead. In US they overreact to certain things since they are influenced by reminiscence of actions of some barbarous murderers.
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