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Police officer stabbed during raid in central Sweden

A man is suspected of attempted murder after stabbing a police officer in an apartment in central Sweden.

Police officer stabbed during raid in central Sweden
File photo of Swedish police: Johan Nilsson / TT

Police entered the property in Älvdalen, Dalarna after a report that a man had threatened his family members with a knife.

When they arrived, the suspect attacked the police officers and one was stabbed in the shoulder. The police officer was taken to hospital, but his injuries were not described as serious.

During the raid, the suspect was also injured when a police officer shot at his leg.

He then barricaded himself in the apartment, but shortly after that he was detained and taken to hospital. The rest of the family members were evacuated with no injuries.

The man is now suspected of attempted murder in relation to the attack on the police officer, and police press spokesperson Mats Öhman said “he will also be investigated for the other suspected crimes”. 

A routine internal investigation has also been opened, as is normally the case when a police officer uses their service weapon against a person.

“Violence against police employees is completely unacceptable. My thoughts go to our colleague who was injured,” said national police chief Anders Thornberg in an online statement.

“Being a police officer is not a risk-free profession, but as an employer we do all we can to minimize the risks and to equip police so that the consequences of any incident are as minimal as possible,” he said. 

 

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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