Police shoot knife attacker at psych clinic

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
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.
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.