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Man arrested after Stockholm killing

A person was shot dead in a car on Scheelegatan in central Stockholm on Friday night, killed by a man on the street near the main police station.

Man arrested after Stockholm killing

The suspected gunman has now been formerly arrested and a weapon, thought to be the murder weapon, has been found.

Police received the alarm over the shooting shortly before 6.30pm. Witnesses were able to point out the direction in which the gunman fled and police gave chase, arresting the man shortly after.

“It was the first unit at the scene which arrested the man,” said Ulf Lindgren, a spokesperson for Stockholm police.

The dead person was sitting in a red car registered to a person living in Uppsala.

A preliminary investigation into murder has been opened and according to a Scanpix photographer, the car was parked on Scheelegatan facing north, a short distance from the main police station in the Kungsholmen area of central Stockholm.

Police on Saturday remained reticent with details pertaining to the victim’s gender, age and other personal details of the suspected killer.

“We can’t release any more information now,” said Marie Öberg at Norrmalm police to the TT news agency.

“The identification of the victim is not yet complete and thus next of kin have not been informed.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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