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Man leaps from balcony after police stand off

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09:40 CET+01:00
An armed man was arrested on Friday afternoon after he leapt from a balcony following a stand off with police at an apartment block in Ludvika in central Sweden.

The man barricaded himself into an apartment in Ludvika Gård in Ludvika shortly before lunch on Friday and was arrested at around 3pm.

"We had a negotiator there who had contact with the offender over the phone. It was one of the reasons that he gave up - if one can put it that way - and that he could be arrested," said police spokesman Bo Eriksson.

According to the local Dalarnas Tidningar daily, the man jumped from a balcony and attempted to hide. He was then arrested unarmed by police officers.

The apartment was on Friday subjected to a search and inspection by police technicians.

"What will be done now is to conduct a search and site survey in the apartment and around the area to find any weapons or other things that may be useful to the investigation," Eriksson explained.

According to the police, there were two other people in the apartment at the time and when asked whether the incident could be construed as a hostage situation, Bo Eriksson replied:

"Yes, a little. I don't know yet exactly what has happened and what has been said. We'll have to wait until a couple of interviews have been conducted."

The incident has preliminarily been classified as aggravated assault and weapons offences.

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