The suspect, a 25-year-old male, was being transported from a psychiatric detention centre in Gotherburg to Salberga Prison in Sala when he escaped from a stopped transport vehicle at around 11:30am between Finnerödja and Laxå.
“The car was stopped when it happened. Why the car had stopped is unknown to us at this time,” Claes Nöjd of the Prison and Probation Service said.
According to police, there was no violent struggle involved in the escape. The suspect, reportedly barefoot and still in handcuffs, ran into a heavily wooded area.
As of 6pm, the murder suspect was still on the loose and being sought by police.
“We have a large number of police patrols, dogs and helicopters looking for him,” Christina Hallin of the Bergslagen Police Region said.
Speaking to Expressen, Hallin warned that the man “may be desperate and behave aggressively”.
The 25-year-old was arrested in April for a stabbing death in the Stockholm area.