The man was shot by police in dramatic scenes in the normally peaceful seaside town, dying later from his injuries.
“At the moment we are unable to establish if he knew the people, I don’t think he did,” said police chief Lars Hamrén, head of the serious crime department Halland police, to the TT news agency.
Police were called at around 10am on Sunday morning following the stabbing of a man, who is reported to be in his forties, on Gamla Kyrkbacken in central Varberg.
According to Varberg Hospital the man remains in intensive care in a serious condition.
While police were hunting the suspect an hour later reports filtered in of further stabbings on Lilla Drottninggatan. A man in his late teens and an elderly lady are reported to have been stabbed at the location.
The teenager is reported to have sustained light but serious injuries.
“We don’t really know yet how he has managed to enter or how he encountered these victims. We have not been able to interview the other two victims,” said Lars Hamrén.
When police tried to arrest the alleged perpetrator on Lilla Drottninggatan a gun battle ensued.
Despite repeated calls to drop the knife and surrender, and two warning shots, the man is reported to have refused and then been shot twice by police. When he tried to rise he was shot once more.
“We don’t comment on how many shots were fired or where he was hit,” said Lars Hamrén.
The man was taken to hospital but later died of his injuries.