Prosecutor says police shooting that sparked riots in Stockholm suburbs was self-defense

Published August 07, 2013

| Associated Press

A prosecutor in Sweden has closed the investigation into the police shooting that triggered violent riots in Stockholm's suburbs in May, saying no crime was committed.

Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne on Wednesday said police officer who shot a 69-year-old knife-wielding man in the suburb of Husby acted in self-defense.

She said police first tried to communicate with the man and used pepper spray, distraction grenades and fired a warning shot into the floor.

Finne said the fatal shot to the man's head was fired because he attempted to attack one of the officers.

The shooting set off a week of violent rioting in Husby and other low-income, predominantly immigrant areas of the Swedish capital. Youths hurled rocks at police and torched cars and buildings, resulting in 220 reported crimes.

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