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Teen shot after running over police officer

TT/Clara Guibourg · 23 Dec 2011, 14:37

Published: 23 Dec 2011 14:37 GMT+01:00

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Both boy and officer survived the incident without severe injuries, but the teenager has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted manslaughter.

"It's a good thing he isn't more seriously injured," said police spokeswoman Ulla Brehmm about the 16-year-old to local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

She explained that the teen was released from Östra Hospital on Friday morning, and taken to the police station for interrogation.

The incident occurred just after midnight on Friday morning

Police attempted to stop the car, which was wanted. Instead of stopping, the driver attempted to run over one of the police officer.

The driver then drove off from the spot, and police dogs later managed to track the car to Munkebäcksmotet in Gothenburg, where it was found deserted.

The shot 16 year-old made his own way to Östra Hospital.

The injured police officer, also the one who fired shots, has been able to file a report on the incident.

"The person is naturally shaken. The physical injuries aren't serious, but they could've been devastating. The feeling of someone trying to run you over is terrible," said Brehm.

Peter Weisheit lives on the street where the incident occurred, and witnessed the dramatic events from his apartment.

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"First I heard a car revving up, which then clearly drove off at high speed. Directly afterwards I heard a single shot fired. Then I ran out, and took a picture of the police patrol still at the spot. The police officers looked a little stressed, and only stayed a short while before driving off," Weisheit told GP.

"It was all over in a matter of minutes."

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:31 December 23, 2011 by byke
I wonder at what point police force is deemed excessive ?

If I understand correctly, the child stole a car and the police were well aware of this and that the person they were looking for was a minor.

The policeman put himself in the way of the oncoming car, and the child refused to stop forcing the policeman to move. To which the policeman was able to unclip his gun and take a shot at the minor.

Now for me, it makes me wonder if the policeman was over zealous in his attempts to apprehend the minor, and did so at a risk that could be deemed excessive?

From what I understand, when shots are fired at vehicles it's usually at the vehicle in attempt to stop it. However with the said policeman taking the action he did with knowing what he knew about the suspect, And aiming for the actual minor is and subsequently hitting the child. It does make you question if the confrontation was in part a pre meditatated and over zealous reaction to the situation, given the information they already knew.
18:25 December 23, 2011 by senlac
16? He is not a child - if he has any intelligence at all he should know that if the police order you to stop. you do so...
20:12 December 23, 2011 by byke
Under Swedish law and that of much of the EU, 16 is still classed as a minor / child in the eyes of the law.

However that is not the greater issue.

If a policeman puts himself in greater danger pupously to justify the deployment of his weapon. Then we must question the motives of the officer and the use of his firearm to kill rather than prevent.
20:23 December 23, 2011 by ChicagoDave
Where does the story say the the officer put himself in the way of the vehicle? Cars do have steering wheels, you know. I find it much more likely that the criminal intended to run down the officer to make good his escape. In my department, the use of deadly force is authorized to save your life or the lives of others. I would say a vehicle bearing down on you is a life threatening situation and most certainly the officer was justified. I wish the officer a speedy recovery and am thankful this animal didn't prevent him from going home to his family for Christmas.
20:39 December 23, 2011 by johan rebel
"It's a good thing he isn't more seriously injured,"

21:25 December 23, 2011 by shard

let's hope such wanted-car driving skit-heads with clearly no regard for human life don't come across you or one of your family members. Too soon.

Merry christmas.
21:29 December 23, 2011 by Mpf
The police officer was doing his job, policing. They often stand in the road (putting themselves in harms way) to stop traffic and carry out checks. So what Byke is saying, nobody needs to stop, just drive around them and should they stand in the way, well that's their fault for putting themselves in harms way.

Listen to yourself. 16, driving a stolen car, minor my arse. Old enough to do the crime then old enough to do the time I say.
22:18 December 23, 2011 by byke

"byke" is not saying what you claimed. And would appreciate if you didn't fabricate misquotes to appease your own view.

What I stated was that law enforcement have to have justification for the use of using firearms against the public. If the police are allowed to use deadly force on crimes that do not justify such. Then they must be held to account.

Otherwise we risk a similar situation as the crack downagainst protestors in Egypt. Where publicl servants put themselves in unjustifiable situations to allow themselves to make unjustifiable responses.
22:31 December 23, 2011 by calebian22
16 is not a minor in Sweden. Byxmindig in Sweden is 15. The word minor is a complicated word in Sweden. Sex, okay. Violence, depends? Welcome to retarded liberalism.
22:59 December 23, 2011 by byke
Actually the age of majority in Sweden is 18 ... Feel free to google it if you don't believe it.
02:09 December 24, 2011 by skumdum
The age of criminal responsibility in Sweden is 15. Feel free to google it if you don't believe it.
03:55 December 24, 2011 by johnoleson

"It's a good thing he isn't more seriously injured," said police spokeswoman Ulla Brehmm about the 16-year-old to local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

What kind of convoluted misplaced sympathy is this. The officer puts his life on the line and gets hit by the escaping criminal and the perp is treated as a victim. Is it because the police officer used an "evil" gun to defend and the perpetrator used a benign weapon (a car)? Bleeding hearts.
06:39 December 24, 2011 by J Jack
Was it a tractor? Because that's all you can drive in Sweden at that age.
08:42 December 24, 2011 by Dazzler
...and here I was thinking that the police finally did something right for a change.
08:47 December 24, 2011 by Dogs_Gonads
The police officer is legally obliged to make an attempt to stop the vehicle.

That DOES mean he can stand in front of a moving vehicle. As the vast majority of drivers will stop or drive round.

If the driver then deliberately drives at the officer he is then allowed to use his weapon to prevent any further danger to himself or any others.

You can ONLY fire upon a vehicle if it is still heading towards you.

If the driver swerves and drives round you. You are NO LONGER in danger and are then not justified in using your weapon.

That would be the rules and the scenario I have to ad-hear to.

I dont know the rules on using a weapon in Sweden. None of us here do.

Thank you.
11:56 December 24, 2011 by rise
@ byke

If one is considered as a child or not depends on the circumstances; if a 16 year old is shot at, the youth apparently is a child. However if a 16 year old is having sex with a 15 year old, the same youth is prosecuted for child-rape!

Double standards if you ask me but it's 'according to the law'. :P
12:05 December 24, 2011 by Kevin Harris
If the witness got it right, the officer shot the boy after he was out of danger. He is now going to have to explain why. There is not a shoot to kill policy for the apprehension of suspects in Sweden.
12:49 December 24, 2011 by byke

The age of criminal responsability was not in debate, it was the debate of what constitutes a minor. (you don't need to google that, since it's printed at the start of this debate- see above).

In regards to criminal liability (not responsability) in Sweden this is usually divided into 3 parts. With the emphasis that persons under 21 should not be imprisoned.

Minors aged between 15 to 18 are considered as such,though legal liability Is defined as "very, very special circumstances" to justify any sentance outside of juvenile Social services since there are clear rules denying Deprivation of Freedom.
17:40 December 24, 2011 by swedejane
Well, it's a start. I live in Backa where so many of these people live. I've been begging the police to crackdown for almost a year. The vermin here will not get the message until they start getting locked up permanently.
23:49 December 24, 2011 by calebian22

The age of majority is kind of 18 in Sweden. You are right on the surface, but wrong on just about every other level. Liberal retardation just about covers it all.
05:20 December 25, 2011 by johnoleson
Liberalism is a mental disorder.
14:54 December 25, 2011 by karanmann
Guys just to let you know. The Arms protocol in most of the countries including sweden states ' An officer in uniform can and should use lethal force to divert or engage a person or object if deemed a threat to himself or the people around or the surroundings.' I am sure you would react the same if some moron tried to run you over. and maybe he was just aiming at the cars tyres to disable it and might have shot the kid unintensionally. It is really tough to shoot a moving object no matter how skilled u are at it. Just think about it...Food for thought!!!
23:16 December 25, 2011 by Reason abd Realism
The flavour of the decade is 'murder suicide'. Any idiot stupid or crazy enough to attempt to kill an armed police officer by running him over has clearly no regard for human life or authority, and may well have been on his way to killing others. The officer did the right thing by attempting to neutralize this homicidal imbecile.
10:12 December 26, 2011 by mafketis
"The officer did the right thing by attempting to neutralize this homicidal imbecile"


The criminal has already proven that either he cannot control the vehicle he stole and/or has no qualms about running a person over. He's a clear and present danger to more than the policeman and stopping him should be the top priority. If he's hurt then to farking bad. He should have thought about that before stealing the car in the first place.
17:45 December 30, 2011 by Stockholmcj
As a former American police officer, I can tell you that we are allowed to use deadly force here to neutralize someone - anyone - who is trying to kill you or kill anyone else. The best way to neutralize is two bullets to center of mass. I realize that Swedes are often weepy about their 'children' being hurt in any way for any reason, but 16 year olds over here who try to run over police officers with a deadly weapon (a car or truck) know that they will be fired upon just like any adult. I hope this is a lesson to all 16 year old Swedes who think they are above the law because they are still considered 'children'.
20:18 January 3, 2012 by white_man
Was the car thief an immigrant? If he was, his respect for the life of a Swede may have been less. Regardless, he demonstrated a danger to life.

Potentially, after getting away, he could run have run over other police officers who attempted to stop him using non-violent means, or civilians who got in his way.

The shooting was justified.
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