Guard's fatal shooting not a threat to PM: police

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Guard's fatal shooting not a threat to PM: police

The guard who shot himself dead at Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s official residence last week was not acting against the government, according to police.


The 49-year-old security guard killed himself last Friday afternoon at the Sagerska Palace in central Stockholm, the Prime Minister's official residence, prompting a massive police response.

No one else was injured in the incident, and Reinfeldt was not at home at the time.

Olle Pålsson, who is leading the investigation into the guard's death, explained that police have concluded that the death was not in any way aimed at the prime minister or the government:

“There’s nothing in my investigation that indicates this in any case,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

It is believed the guard used his own weapon in the shooting and forensic tests are underway to confirm this. Medical examiners have said the injuries sustained by the guard suggest the incident was a suicide, but an accidental discharge hasn't been ruled out.

The prime minister’s youngest son was at the residence when the incident occurred, and had said hello to the guard in passing shortly before the fatal shot was fired.

The 49-year-old, who had worked at as a guard for Svensk Bevakningstjänst for six years, showed no signs that he was unwell. Sources of Aftonbladet suggest that the motivation of the likely suicide was financial trouble at home.

“None of the colleagues had noticed that something was afoot,” Pålsson told the paper.

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