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Swedish police shoot dead suspected killer

TT/The Local/pvs · 1 Feb 2011, 07:53

Published: 01 Feb 2011 07:53 GMT+01:00

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Neighbours had alerted the police about a violent brawl in an apartment where a woman in her 50s lived. When police arrived at the address just before 1am on Tuesday night, they encountered a 26-year-old man, who held a knife in his hand, and they found the stabbed dead woman.

"We suspect that he had murdered his mother," said Eskilstuna police press officer Fred Wallén.

The man was ordered by police to drop the knife but he refused to comply. When police fired a warning shot he was hit.

The 26-year-old was rushed to hospital in Eskilstuna in a very serious condition and it is unclear when exactly he died, Wallén said, explaining that it has not been ruled out that he was already dead when the ambulance arrived, or that he died on the way to the hospital.

The detailed circumstances of the knife attack and the shooting remained unclear early on Tuesday morning.

"Everything happened so fast," said Wallén.

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Wallén added furthermore that the investigation into what happened has been delayed because the only two people involved are dead.

"Witnesses are to be interviewed and a forensic examination of the scene has to be completed."

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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08:34 February 1, 2011 by karex
They fired a "warning" shot and he's dead? Does the police need shooting lessons or was it one of those shoot the leg, hit the main artery sort of freak accident...?
08:45 February 1, 2011 by JulieLou40
"Wallén added furthermore that the investigation into what happened has been delayed because the only two people involved are dead".

No sh*t, Sherlock!
09:21 February 1, 2011 by big5
The Swedish police use some kind of hollow-tip ammo that is forbidden by international treaties in war. Seriously. The tip splays out and rips you up. It's easy to be killed by a shot. The police claim it's safer because the slugs tend to stay in the body instead of going all the way through and possibly harming someone else.
09:49 February 1, 2011 by Truthgate
The police su%cks because of the immigrants, let's all vote for Sweden democratic
09:54 February 1, 2011 by scandinavian leather

Just about every law enforcement agency uses jacketed hollow point ammunition.

As an example, imagine you are a passenger aboard a US aircraft at 35,000 feet and the sky marshal has to fire at a hijacker , would you want something that would go through the bad guy and put a hole in the fuselage?
10:04 February 1, 2011 by RobinHood
Sweden doesn't have a death penalty, but it doesn't really need one. The Swedish police often take the opportunity to shoot dead a suspect in circumstances when better trained police would back off and negotiate. Several years ago, they shot dead a distressed but harmless mentally ill man in front of his mother, who was pleading for them to back away and let her talk to him. Many years ago, they shot a drunk on a tram in Gothenburg who was being a nuisance. Worst of all was the officer who lost control of himself at the Gothenburg EU meeting riots, and fired a clip of 9mm's randomly into the crowd.

I have personally seen Swedish police draw their firearms while arresting a man at a petrol station where I was parked with my three children sitting on the back seat. Bullets, children and tens of thousands of litres of petrol are not good bedfellows. It makes me wonder if Swedish police firearms training is limited to watching Dirty Harry DVD's and playing with their Playstations.
10:08 February 1, 2011 by UScitizen
"it is unclear when exactly he died, Wallén said, explaining that it has not been ruled out that he was already dead when the ambulance arrived, or that he died on the way to the hospital."

Or maybe he was dead before the "warning" shot was fired so they can all go out for fika and no one is to blame!
10:17 February 1, 2011 by big5
@Scandinavian leather.

What does the extremely unusual situation of an air marshall have to do with normal cops on the ground?

In any case, Swedish cops should really get tazers.
10:28 February 1, 2011 by scandinavian leather

Air marshals are police, too. The same rule, however, applies on the ground.

The police shoot a suspect and it goes straight through him or her and into you or a loved one. As a potential recipient of that scenario ( we all are) I would prefer that a heavy slug is not being used.

You may be correct about tazers but I am reading too many stories like this:

10:42 February 1, 2011 by star10
To say a warning shot ended at the suspect's head .... that is stupid. The police should be investigated for fatal use of excessive force.
10:45 February 1, 2011 by big5
Sure, tazers can be abused. So can peppar spray and so can guns. Cops have to be trained and have to be held accountable for their actions. I believe that giving Swedish police tazers could save lives in situations like this one.
10:50 February 1, 2011 by big5
@star10 All police shootings in Sweden are investigated, don't worry. I will be waiting for the results before passing judgment. Knives are very dangerous and we don't know what the situation was like at the time.
11:31 February 1, 2011 by Nilspet
Horrible! A man with a knife was shot dead for refusing to put it down.

That was not a warning shot! That was a DEATH penalty.
11:34 February 1, 2011 by Rishonim
The policed aimed at the man's leg and hit his head instead. Maybe the guy was a midget?. I remember a case in NYC when a police officer shot and killed a grandmother in her 80s. He claimed she rushed after him with a knive. It was later proven the old woman had tetraplegia...
12:49 February 1, 2011 by Swedesmith
I'm going to take an unpopular stand here. The cops encountered a man, armed with a knife, standing over a dead woman. He was ordered to put the knife down and he didn't. They fired upon the man. What were they supposed to do? Ask him to fika? Bend him over their knee and give him a spanking? Oh, I forget that you can't do that in Sweden.

If an investigation proves the police acted incorrectly, I will eat my words. Gobble, gobble. Until then, I am on the side of the law.
13:30 February 1, 2011 by genova
If I were the police, I enter the room and find the guy over the bleeding victim, he has just a few seconds to drop it, otherwise I would shot him in defence of the woman, since I couldnt tell if she was still alive, and doing otherwise would give the oportunity for the guy to finish what he started! Given the information available, thats my best guess of what happent.
16:17 February 1, 2011 by Tanskalainen
bang, bang
16:27 February 1, 2011 by Åskar
But if he was already dead when the police shot him, what's the problem?
16:32 February 1, 2011 by scandinavian leather

You are absolutely entitled to your opinion. 50,000 volts may have be the way to go. I don't know why the Swedish police evaluated it and decided against adopting it. In this particular case the answer will never be known unless the delay in the investigation is to hold a seance.

If you noticed, I posted to describe why the jacketed hollow point round is now used in lieu of the old slug. Nothing more.
17:13 February 1, 2011 by stillwatersrd
Me thinks the officer on the scene must have egg all over his face. He'll be off to the firing range practicing his 'warning' shots. His commanding officer can stand in as a practice perp until he gets it right.

@The Local

"Eats, shoots, and leaves.' vs. 'Eats, shoots and leaves'.
19:01 February 1, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
The Swedish Polis are complete Morons.

They're as funny as Keystone Cops, and are more like Mall Security Guards.

A Total Waste of Taxpayer Money.
19:04 February 1, 2011 by BobWas
Swedesmith, the man was most likely mentally ill.

But whether or not he was, the cops came onto the scene after the mother had already been stabbed to death. If he had charged at the cops with the knife, I could understand them shooting him in self defense. But even the cops don't say that he was threatening any of them.

Firing at him as a first resort, even as a warning, sounds reckless to me. Why not allow the man to calm down, and try to reason with him? Or maybe call for medical help? The use of lethal force was uncalled for.
22:38 February 1, 2011 by OnessOfMankind

You do not deserve a reply but I just wanted to say you mind is narrower than a needle pin.
17:10 February 4, 2011 by tuerd1982
police need shooting lessons, but I think in some way that guy deserve to be die if he is the real murderer of his own mother. I wish they are not mother and sons. It was too painful.
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