Sweden recorded the death of the first police officer to be shot dead in 14 years, Wednesday night (30), which provoked outrage from local authorities. This crime is a rare fact in the country and only two other agents have been killed in the last 20 years. The shooting took place on the outskirts of Biscopsgarden in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.
The police officer had been in the business for some time, was shot while on duty and served people in the Biscopsgarden neighborhood. Gang violence has affected the area in recent years, and as a result, the area has received special attention from local authorities. Despite being taken to hospital, the agent did not resist injuries. According to Swedish radio station Swervez Radio, the victim was about 30 years old.
Sweden’s caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lவெfven on Thursday (1) classified the crime as “an attack on our community”. According to him, the fight against gang activity in the region will continue. The country observed a national minute of silence as it paid tribute to the murdered agent.
“We are saddened and disturbed to hear that a policeman was shot dead last night. We will never back down from the fight against organized crime,” Reuters news agency reported.
Police are investigating the case, but so far no suspects have been identified, according to Swedish radio Swerge Radio. According to Gothenburg Metropolitan Police Chief Eric Nord, it is too early to tell whether the victim was a select target.
Gang violence has become an issue in Sweden due to shootings and explosive attacks, sometimes leaving victims stranded. The situation has also mobilized political debates, with left and right representatives calling for tougher measures to curb crime, Reuters reported.