A closed-off street after the knife drama in Varberg. Photo: Swedish Radio P4

Parallel investigations after Varberg knife drama

“We don’t shoot if not necessary.”
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Police have opened two investigations after a man in his mid-twenties stabbed a woman to death and injured two men in Varberg, western Sweden on Sunday. Police shot the attacker, who later died in hospital.

They believe he may have had psychological problems, news agency TT reports his friends contacted the police before the attacks saying he was not feeling well and that they were worried about him.

"We will try to examine his psychological status by talking to people he was close to," explained Lars Hamrén of the Varberg police.

Police will also investigate the shooting which led to the suspect's death.

"We routinely investigate when our own bullets lead to a death," a police spokesman told news agency TT.

Lena Olsson of the Left Party told TT that police should review their weapons use and consider replacing sharp ammunition with tazer guns.

"There have been many fatal shootings lately, including of psychologically unstable people," said Olsson.

Since 1995, 18 people have died in Sweden after being shot by police, three of them this year.

The first attack in Varberg happened at around 10:00 AM on Sunday. About an hour later a woman in her mid-eighties was stabbed and died on the spot. A younger man was also wounded.

Police said they fired two warning shots when they arrived on the scene, but the attacker refused to stop. He was then shot and died later while being treated at Varberg hospital.

The two men injured in Varberg will be questioned on Monday.

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