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Swedish police shoot dead suspected killer

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07:53 CET+01:00
Police in Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden on Tuesday morning shot dead a man suspected of killing his mother with a knife.

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.

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."

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