A police officer who committed suicide at a work Christmas party was the husband of a former Finnish government minister, it has been revealed.
The husband of Anu Vehviläinen, the former Centre Party Minister of Transport, shot himself with his service gun at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) get-together in Joensuu on Friday 25th November.
It is thought that only 10 people were at the party when the officer retrieved his weapon from his locker and discharged it. Local police have confirmed that no outsiders were involved, but say they still have no explanation for the suicide.
In a brief statement, Anu Vehviläinen, who has been married to the officer since 1998 and has one son with him, said the incident came as a complete surprise. “We are concentrating on getting through this crisis. I ask that the media respect the grief of our family,” she added.
In November 1999, another police Christmas party in Helsinki ended in tragedy when an officer fell from the roof and died. There are currently no guidelines about whether alcohol can be consumed in a police station.