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Swedish police shoot ‘knife man’ in Malmö

A man was shot by police in Malmö city centre on Sunday night after he charged them wielding a knife, according to a witness.

Swedish police shoot 'knife man' in Malmö
Police cordoned off parts of Gustav Adolf Square, where the incident occurred. Photo: TT

Calle Persson of Skåne police said: “There has been a situation in which police had to shoot an attacker armed with a knife.”

“There were several shots, but I do not know if there is one or multiple squads who fired the shots.”

However, another witness contradicted the original witness and told the Sydsvenskan regional newspaper that the man had run away from the police before being shot.

“The police shouted, ‘Drop the knife, drop the knife.’ He did not listen, but tried to run away, and then they shot at him.”

The man was taken to Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. 

His condition is critical.

The police did not comment on the witness information.

“There is nothing I can say because the incident is being investigated by prosecutors,” said Jimmy Modin, information officer at Skåne police.

Police said that the man is suspected of attempted murder.

Officers cordoned off parts of Gustav Adolf Square, where the incident occurred.

This is the second such incident in the last ten days.

A knife-wielding man was shot by police officers in Stockholm’s Sergel Square last weekend after he attacked officers.

PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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