New police method may have saved lives during school slayings
The Swedish police say a new method used first here during the October school attack in Trollhättan may have saved lives.
Niclas Hallgren is the Police Chief in Region West:
“The probability of a better outcome is substantially higher using tactical conflict management, I’m certain of it,” he tells Swedish Radio News.
The first police who arrived at Kronans School in Trollhättan during the attack were two officers, who, using the new method, ran straight into the school, without waiting for back-up. The shot the perpetrator seven minutes after the first emergency call.
They were using “tactical conflict management”, a method developed just a few years ago. Previously the first police to arrive at the scene, would have probably waited for back-up, Niclas Hallgren says.
“That’s the right approach when there are perpetrators who are trying to get money,” he says. But in these situations with ongoing deadly force, there are perpetrators who are trying to kill as many people as possible, and often expect to die themselves. Then it’s obvious another approach is necessary.”
During the attack three people were killed and another seriously injured, by the sword wielded by the 21 year perpetrator, who died after being shot by the police.
The police say he had racist motives.