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'He was carrying a long knife': shooting witness

TT/The Local/og · 8 Jun 2012, 16:20

Published: 08 Jun 2012 16:20 GMT+02:00

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"He made lunges at me and was carrying a long knife," a witness told news agency TT.

The witness said police fired three to five shots after a middle-aged man approached passers-by with a knife at Skeppsbron.

The man, who is allegdly born in 1976, ignored police orders to drop his weapon. After two warning shots, police officers shot the man in the leg.

“When the patrol came to the scene and talked to the man he ignored their commands,” said Ulf Lindgren of the Stockholm police to Dagens Nyheter (DN).

“Then, they fired warning shots to show the man that it was time to drop the knife. The man continued in the direction of police officers and they fired.”

The severity of the man's injuries remain unclear and he was taken to hospital around 2pm on Friday afternoon.

Police are unsure if anyone else was injured during the ordeal.

“I have received no information if anyone has been injured by the man with the knife,” Lindgren told the paper.

Witnesses also noted that the man seemed to be under the influence of something.

Police cordoned off the area and traffic was at a standstill in the hours following the event.

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According to Ann-Sofie Sommerdahl of the Stockholm police, an investigation is already underway.

“And there will be a hearing among the policemen involved,” she told TT.

Police have labelled the incident as attempted aggravated assault.

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

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Your comments about this article

13:58 June 8, 2012 by muscle
Police in action.. OMG!

Before the commenters here start cursing the police for shooting the guy, the police took the right action and shot him in the leg.

But i was just wondering could a stungun be a better option in such cases. ?
14:16 June 8, 2012 by JulieLou40
Serves him right, frankly. We could have been reading about a mass stabbing now if the police hadn't done what they did.
15:36 June 8, 2012 by gpafledthis
Yup !! Buy american !! Tasers for all !! Put malmo twitching as new vitus-like dance !!
16:03 June 8, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Good positive policing.
17:27 June 8, 2012 by ithinkimtink
Jocke!! (Pippi reference)
17:39 June 8, 2012 by calebian22
Two warning shots? And where did those bullets go? "Drop the knife! No?" Boom! Firing warning shots in the city is unbelievable reckless.
18:55 June 8, 2012 by johan rebel
This guy "is allegdly born in 1976"?

What's that again? Sweden's news in English? In what?
19:01 June 8, 2012 by ?????
"Α middle-aged man born in 1976"!!!!!!!

Thanks Local! You made my day! When will I receive my pension?
19:02 June 8, 2012 by Steggles
Who pays his medical costs?
19:08 June 8, 2012 by blue2012
The Swedish police actually shot at the assailant?

I am shocked; I tell ya, I am totally shocked!
22:16 June 8, 2012 by banuazizi
Well, it seems the Stockholm police is not as useless as Jönköping police. All they seem to do is to take the drunk people to the custody on weekends.
00:57 June 9, 2012 by NyDag
A long knife ... like a scimitar ... hmm ... where have I seen one of those before? Oh yes ...
07:51 June 9, 2012 by bow290
the warning shots were pretty dumb... and shooting should have been a last resort, perhaps if he made a charge at someone.

were there no dogs, tasers, pepper spray or non lethal rubber bullets to use on him?

ah well, at least they got the job done... don't f#%k with the police!
13:24 June 9, 2012 by muscle

...or perhaps like a Sword, used in battles in old times of europe. ! I am sure, many people still like to keep it as antiques. After all europe is filled with art and history lovers! (really great thing i like about europe)

I have no idea, why do you need to twist the story, when its not the main point!
15:10 June 9, 2012 by NyDag
The man was under the influence of Islam. He was a muslim. You can read the police report online.
22:39 June 9, 2012 by Svensksmith
Then he must have been peaceful.
02:04 June 10, 2012 by Twiceshy
> were there no dogs, tasers, pepper spray or non lethal rubber bullets to use on him?

If you were a dog or a policeman with a taser would you want to go near a crazy knife-wielding guy?

Pepper spray and rubber bullets might not be in the equipment typically carried by patrolling policemen... But maybe they should be?
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