Police officer killed after shooting in Gothenburg

A police officer has died in hospital after being injured in a shooting in the Biskopsgården district of Gothenburg.

Police officer killed after shooting in Gothenburg
The police have begun a major operation in Biskopsgården after a police officer was fatally shot. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT

The police chief for Gothenburg, Erik Nord, has told SVT, “The most likely thing now is that the shooting was not aimed at the police.”

The police say that an intensive investigation is now underway to be to find and arrest the suspect. They are interrogating witnesses and reviewing surveillance film, as well as door knocking.

According to reports, the police officer was talking to a couple of people when he was shot. He had been in the Biskopsgården area on a moped together with a colleague. He died later of his injuries. 

Police rushed to the scene with several patrols at 10.30pm on Wednesday night after reports from people who had heard gunshots in the area.

At a press conference on Thursday morning, police said they were not able to share any information about the suspected perpetrator or motive for the shooting, nor whether there was any suspected connection to criminal gangs.

“This is a terribly tragic event and it was a terrible and sad message to receive. My thoughts go above all to his relatives but also to all colleagues,” said Klas Johansson, the regional police chief in the West, in a statement.

The officer who was killed was described as in his early 30s and relatively new to the profession. 

The National Police Chief, Anders Thornberg, said: “It is with great sadness that we have received the news that a colleague has died after being shot during the evening. Our thoughts go to the family, loved ones and colleagues. I have spoken to the regional police chief and parts of the other police management in region West to ensure that they have the resources required to be able to prosecute the culprit. The police profession is associated with risks and we must continue the work of minimising those risks with great determination.” 

The Gothenburg police chief, Erik Nord, said, “One must be careful not to draw too far-reaching conclusions. But it could be that the policeman was shot because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But it is not possible to answer for real before we go further into the investigation.”

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime