Swedish Police shoot suspected murderer to death

Police in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna opened fire on a suspected murderer last night, according to Dagens Nyheter.

Neighbours called the police after having heard a violent struggle in an apartment belonging to a 51 year-old woman in the neighbourhood of Froslunda.

Upon arrival, the dispatched police patrol found the 51 year-old woman dead and her 26 year-old son armed with knives. The man was repeatedly ordered to surrender the knives but reportedly refused to obey. Police then opened fire on him and he fell to the ground. He was rushed to hospital with severe injuries but was declared dead on arrival.

Fredrik Wallen at the Eskilstuna Police says that the 26 year-old is known by the police for previous crimes and is suspected of stabbing his mother to death. The death of the woman is being investigated as a murder case.

The two policemen who shot the suspected man say that they were in an emergency situation and had no choice but to open fire as self-defence. According to internal procedures the internal affairs department of the Swedish police will investigate the incident and the policemen’s decision to open fire.