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Police: Man threatened partner before shooting her at ferry port

A Finn shot his Estonian partner and then himself before many eyewitnesses in broad daylight.

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Officers cordoning off the crime scene. Image: Tuuli Toivanen / Yle

Helsinki police have released more details of the shooting incident at the city’s West Harbour on Saturday. They say the woman and man who died were an Estonian-Finnish couple.

The man, a Finn born in 1960, shot the Estonian woman, who was born in 1967, around one o’clock on a sunny, windy afternoon. The attack took place near the West Terminal, in a parking lot across from the large Verkkokauppa electronics department store in Ruoholahti.

Police say the man had previously threatened the woman and followed her. The woman intended to board a ferry to the Estonian capital Tallinn, when the man suddenly appeared with a gun.

They say he shot her in the chest with a .22 calibre pistol. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

2nd police shooting in a week

When police arrived, carrying assault rifles, the gunman was leaving the scene. He ignored police commands to toss down the weapon, whereupon they shot him in the leg. At the same time the man shot himself in the upper body. He was rushed to hospital, where he died of this self-inflicted wound.

Helsinki police are investigating this as a case of murder. As is routine in cases where a police officer discharges a weapon in the line of duty, there will also be an internal review of the police handling of the incident.

This was the second incident within a week where police fired to immobilise a gun-wielding man in central Helsinki. The previous took place last Sunday morning near the Kiasma art museum.

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