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Swedish police arrest knifeman after shoot out

TT/The Local/pvs · 28 Jun 2011, 07:47

Published: 28 Jun 2011 07:47 GMT+02:00

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"They went in and collected him, completely undramatic," said Per Wahlström at Norrbotten police.

During the course of events of Monday evening the man had thrown a knife at a police officer from a close distance. Police returned fire against the man, who promptly fled, taking refuge in a nearby house.

The man barricaded himself inside the house and the police proceeded to cordon off the immediate vicinity, evacuating five neighbouring properties.

The National Task Force was called in and negotiators were sent to the location.

According to Wahlström the man evaded the police shots and police officers also escaped unscathed from the incident, due to the fact that he was wearing a protective safety vest.

"The knife hit him in the shoulder, but he had a protective vest. It was thrown at him from a close distance."

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The man was ultimately detained close to 4am on Tuesday. He is aged in his forties and is previously known to police.

There are currently no theories as to why the man attacked the police officer.

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

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Your comments about this article

08:39 June 28, 2011 by bubbagump
I'm waiting for the follow up article where the police officers will be investigated for shooting at an unarmed man.
10:10 June 28, 2011 by canuk
if he did this in the states he would be dead already, i think he got off easy.
11:35 June 28, 2011 by Dazzler
That's some good shootin' ! Had it been a running wolf, it would be riddled with lead.
11:42 June 28, 2011 by Roy E
Note to editor: 'Shootout' means an exchange of gunfire, meaning both parties are shooting at each other . One does not shoot a knife.
12:08 June 28, 2011 by hjoian
more pathetic news. Headline should read "police attempt to murder unarmed man". Lucky for him Swedish police cant shoot, orshut their eyes when they pull the trigger.
14:28 June 28, 2011 by RobinHood
Sweden's police are notoriously trigger happy and poorly trained in firearms. At the time the policeman opened fire, the assailant seems to have been unarmed, having already thrown his knife. Fortunately for everybody, the policeman was a rotten shot, or another unarmed civilian would have been added to the long list of unarmed civilians shot by the Swedish police. Poor firearms training and management has its advantages too; I suppose.
19:43 June 28, 2011 by mkvgtired
hjoian, He was not unarmed, he tried to stab them. Would you prefer the police politely ask him to wait until they all go get knives so they can "fight fair"? Regardless of the weapon, the man was threatening their lives. They were 100% justified in using deadly force. I am not basing this on any legal system, just the natural tendency of self-preservation.
08:48 June 29, 2011 by bubbagump
@mkvgtired - He had thrown his knife at the police; it hit the policeman in his body armor vest. The man was therfore unarmed as he had already "thrown" the knife. The police THEN took out their pistols and began firing at the man, the unarmed man, as he ran. Had they shot at him while weilding the knife, you and the police might have had a case.
16:42 June 29, 2011 by zeulf
@ Bubbagump, even the Movie character was a bit more clever, YOU ASSume he had no other weapons. we do not know all other facts in this case or most cases. Perhaps he was surprised at his weapon bouncing off the intended victim. even Bubbagump would not like an assault w edged weapon Hej
23:59 June 29, 2011 by mkvgtired
It sounds as if they shot at him when he was attacking them. When he ran away and barricaded himself off, it seems as if they went in to arrest him and did not continue shooting. Maybe I'm wrong, but that is how it reads to me.
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