Stockholm man found shot dead in crashed car

A man shot dead was discovered by police on Tuesday in the southern Stockholm district of Östberga, after a local passer-by reported his car careening into several parked vehicles.

Stockholm man found shot dead in crashed car

”We are pretty sure that the perpetrator meant to target him, that it was not an accident,” Karin Solberg, press spokesperson for the South Stockholm Police told The Local.

The dead body was discovered by a passer-by who alerted the police just before 7am on Tuesday morning. The man saw a car with a smashed-in window and a lifeless body behind the wheel.

”He didn’t want to get too close but kept his distance,” said police inspector Sven-Erik Olsson to daily Aftonbladet.

When police arrived on the scene they quickly established that the man was dead and that he most likely had died from a gunshot which had shattered the side window.

The victim was subsequently identified by the police.

He is a 37-year-old Stockholm resident and so far the police have not been able to find connections to any criminal activities that could have brought on his murder.

”At the moment we are busy trying to get an idea of his past, pinpointing any connections, persons or motives that may have played a part in his killing,” said Solberg.

According to Solberg, police have received a number of tip-offs and are presently busy questioning witnesses resident in the area.

Apart from the statement from the man who discovered the crashed vehicle, police have questioned locals who say that they’ve heard a series of loud bangs earlier in the morning.

Despite not being able to disclose anything further at the present stage in the investigation, Solberg confirmed that the police are working from several theories.

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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.” 

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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.