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Guard shot himself dead at PM’s home: report

A security guard shot himself dead at Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s official residence in Stockholm on Friday, according to reports.

Guard shot himself dead at PM's home: report

Police were alerted shortly after 1pm on Friday and emergency services including three swat teams gathered outside the prime minister’s official residence, Sagerska Palatset in central Stockholm.

Stockholm police spokeswoman Towe Hägg told the TT news agency that Swedish security service Säpo, which manages the prime minister’s security detail, had not been brought into the investigation.

“We are aware that something has happened at Sagerska Palace today, but we haven’t been formally called in,” Säpo spokeswoman Sirpa Franzén told TT.

The prime minister was not in the house at the time of the incident.

“Fredrik Reinfeldt is fine and on an external visit. He is not at Sagerska,” Roberta Alenius, Reinfeldt’s press secretary told Expressen.

Svensk Bevakningstjänst confirmed for TT that it was one of its employees that had died.

“He has worked here since 2006,” said Anders Lönnebo, CEO of Svensk Bevakningstjänst.

The guard had the right to bear arms and Lönnebo denied that there were any signs the man had been feeling unwell, stating that it was “rather the opposite”.

The company has since informed the man’s relatives.

“We offer our condolences, this is a tragic incident,” Lönnebo said.

Sven-Erik Olsson of the Stockholm police confirmed that the guard was found by a colleague.

“He was found by a colleague in a smaller room with injuries that came from his own weapon,” he told TT.

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PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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