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Suspected axe murderer found in Swedish forest

The police have arrested a 37-year-old suspected of killing an elderly dog walker with an axe on Thursday in Arvidsjaur, northern Sweden, after police dogs sniffed him out in an isolated forest cabin.

An 81-year-old Arvidsjaur resident took his dog out walking when he encountered the younger man just a few hundreds yard from his home.

The younger man, who witnesses say had been spotted along the road earlier in the day wearing “odd clothing” and carrying a backpack and what appeared to be a drum, went to attack.

A passing motorist who tried to intervene had his car windshield smashed with the axe before the attacker disappeared into the forest.

His elderly victim died after being brought to hospital. His 82-year-old wife was told of the attack by a neighbour.

The attack has shocked the small community of 4,500 residents.

“This is a small place and everyone known everyone,” father-of-two Peter Rydfjäll, 43, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“It feels safe to live here, but it isn’t Bullerbyn any more, and if there is a lone lunatic stalking the village there is little you can do to protect yourself.”

(Editor’s note: Bullerbyn is the idyllic country village in one of Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren books.)

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Police shoot knife attacker at psych clinic

Police in Sweden have shot and wounded a man after he injured two patients and a nurse in a knife attack at a psychiatric facility in Gothenburg.

Police shoot knife attacker at psych clinic
The psychiatric clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital where three people were wounded on Friday. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT
The knifeman was a patient at the clinic, which serves both outpatients and those committed involuntarily for treatment. 
 
According to local police, he had injured himself and three others with a knife before police were called to the centre shortly before midday on Friday.  
 
“The police travelled to the scene where they found, as reported, a wounded person, as well as the perpetrator who was armed. The police were forced to use lethal fire,” Jenny Widén, a press spokesperson, told Sweden’s TT newswire. 
 
Joakim Kenndal, a spokesman for Sahlgrenska University Hospital, which runs the clinic, said there was a shortage of staff capable of disarming the man. 
 
“Normally we would not treat high-risk patients there,” he explained. 
 
According to the hospital, one man, presumably the perpetrator, had received life-threatening injuries, while a man and two woman were seriously wounded but in a stable condition. 
 
Sweden’s prosecutor’s office has launched a routine investigation into whether the police officer who fired the weapon used excessive force to immobilise the man.